Donor: Charlie and Maxine Matthews
Brother and sister, Charlie and Maxine Matthews, learned altruism, compassion, and the love of nature from their mother. These values impacted the community through the hard work and service of this quiet family. As lifelong area residents, they have contributed their time and energy to our community throughout their careers and into retirement. Following a series of donations from the Matthews, Reid chose to name its new meditation garden, located in front of the inpatient tower, in their honor.
“The Matthews have often spoken of their mother’s appreciation for the outdoors,” said Randy Kirk, Reid Foundation President. “That is why we chose our meditation garden as the perfect naming moment for their family.” Charlie shared, “We observe people walking by at Reid and wonder if our contribution has made a difference in their lives.” Kirk said Charlie and Maxine have undoubtedly helped many patients and families. “It is easy to see the long-term impact of philanthropy at Reid,” said Kirk. “From the tangible things like beautiful facilities and state-of-the-art equipment, to the intangible such as the talent here to assist families through challenging moments, lives are impacted every day.”
Charlie is well known in the community as a teacher at both Richmond High School and Earlham College. He also appeared in numerous productions at Richmond Civic Theatre. In addition to his local claims to fame, Charlie worked on Broadway and in film.
Maxine’s loyalty is demonstrated by her devotion that spanned 32 years of devoted service provided to a prominent Richmond
insurance firm, retiring as assistant office manager. Out of the office she was involved with the Richmond YWCA and strongly promoted the inclusion of minorities in their group activities throughout the 1940s and 50s.
A dedication ceremony for the Matthews Meditation Garden was scheduled for May 22, 2010. At that time, a plaque was added to honor the family’s commitment to Reid’s healing environment. “Our mother loved life,” Maxine added. “This is what makes our involvement with health care at Reid so perfect.”