Pasadena Community Foundation Funds

Louis and Marion Webb Endowment

Though born in Michigan and educated at Cornell in New York, Louis Webb made his greatest impact in his adopted hometown of Pasadena, California. Through his work as an engineer, a real estate developer, and an investor, Webb became a millionaire, albeit a frugal one with a philanthropic heart. Behind a rough facade he maintained an idealistic, generous spirit and, specifically, liked giving to the poor, elderly, and children. With these causes in mind, Webb developed a plan to share his fortune with Pasadena forever. During a rare interview with the Pasadena STAR-NEWS in 1961, Webb outlined his dream to create a community trust: “I wanted to do some good with my money…in some manner that would continue the charitable work after I was gone.” On December 10, 1953, Webb created the Pasadena Foundation, and he and his wife Marion named the Foundation as the beneficiary of their estate – a gift of about $2.5 million. As he hoped, Webb’s fortune and charitable influence live on. Please consider expanding Louis and Marion Webb’s legacy by clicking the donate button below.

(12/2017)