Committed Grandparents: Marc and Viki Newton Byrnes ’72 Support EC and Prime Renovations

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Committed Grandparents: Marc and Viki Newton Byrnes ’72 Support EC and Prime Renovations

Viki Newton Byrnes ’72 is happily enjoying the role as grandparent, along with her husband, Marc, who had a successful career overseeing one of the nation’s largest independent insurance brokerage and risk management firms. Two of their six grandchildren, Blaire ’33 and Lila ’34, attend Hathaway Brown’s Primary School and Marc can often be found in the pick-up line at the end of the school day excitedly waiting to hear about the girls’ days. 

“Once I get them in the car, they start rolling,” Marc laughs. “I’m so impressed with all they are learning and how they are making great friends.”

For Viki, it is special to see a new generation experience Hathaway Brown. “HB taught me independence, free thinking and self confidence, and we’re already seeing these traits develop in our granddaughters,” she shares. Generations of HB women are represented in their family, including daughter-in-law Erica Bruno Byrnes ’05 and Viki’s aunt, Sally Newton Sparks ’31. 

The Byrnes are demonstrating their commitment to Hathaway Brown by supporting the EC and Primary School renovations. By making a blended gift through current support and their estate plans, they were able to increase the size of their gift and the impact it will have on HB.    “We are ardent supporters of HB and we’re thrilled to support these efforts which our grandchildren will benefit from now and in the future,” says Marc. A reading room adjacent to the new Prime library will be named in the family’s honor.  

“We are incredibly proud of our own three boys and now we love watching their families grow,” Marc says. “Our grandchildren are incredibly special and we can’t wait to watch them grow up as caring and kind people. HB is a partner in instilling important values, providing excellent academics and building the future.”

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