“The hand that gives is the hand that gets.”
This Celtic proverb is engraved over Louise Martin’s fireplace and is a motto that she lives her life by.
“We often forget how lucky we are to live in the United States. Just watching the world news is a reality check that should make us count our blessings,” she shares.
Louise has been a friend of Hampden-Sydney for many years. In addition to her generous financial support, she serves on the Wilson Center for Leadership Advisory Board and is a member of the James Madison Society. Her late husband, David Martin ’52, was a loyal alumnus and former trustee.
“David and I shared a love of art and travel. He had a great sense of the advertising craft,” she recalls. “He was greatly admired both for his artistic talent and his business accomplishments. Everything he did seemed effortless.”
As the founder of a successful advertising firm, David was invited to speak to Hampden-Sydney’s freshman class about leadership before his passing. He thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and it has served as inspiration for Louise’s ongoing philanthropy to Hampden-Sydney.
“David was a gifted public speaker and so confident. He rarely prepared what he was going to say in advance,” Louise says. “He was genuinely liked by all who knew him.”