Donor Profile: Milo and Marion Charlston

Bequest to Transform Health Care

Milo and Marion Charlston were patients and friends of Virginia Mason for many decades. Their generosity to Virginia Mason began in the early 2000s, when they reached out and said they wanted to thank us for their care with a gift. They continued giving for the remainder of their lives, both enjoyed living well into their 90s. Following their passing, we received a most generous bequest of $3.5 million, to further our work in transforming health care, with a specific focus on patient-centered facilities.

images/Virginia_Mason_Foundation/Year_In_Review/post-charlston.jpg Milo and Marion Charlston

During their lifetime, the couple ran a successful company called Charlston Construction. They created the company soon after Milo returned from World War II in 1946. The company initially focused on building single-family homes to meet the rising need for veteran housing. With Marion running the office and Milo overseeing the building projects, Charlston Construction became very successful. From building new homes, they moved into erecting apartment houses and finally commercial buildings.

Milo and Marion were married for 70 years. Marion often used her skills as a seamstress to make clothes for them. Among the couple’s passions were salmon fishing and traveling. Together they visited all 50 states, as well as many countries throughout the world. Their generosity extended beyond Virginia Mason to other nonprofit organizations including Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Woodland Park Zoo and several more.

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