As the founding director of the UCLA Emeriti Center, Marian provided essential counsel to the retired professors of the University, as they prepared for their future. The Center was the first of its kind to emerge on any campus in the nation. Marian was given the responsibility, by Chancellor Charles Young, to create a department that had no reference for design or implementation. She took on the challenge and succeeded beyond expectations. In recognition of her extraordinary efforts, Marian was awarded the academic title of Director Emeritus by the President and Senate of the University of California System upon her retirement in 1998.
In 2010, the UCLA Emeriti and Retirees Relations Center Fund Advisory Committee decided to memorialize Marian’s service to UCLA by having the Fund carry her name: The Marian G. Broome Fund.
Marian was a woman of many professional and personal achievements. She served as president of the City of Los Angeles Transportation Commission; as a member of the American Red Cross Board, Southeast Symphony, Ralph Bunch Center at UCLA, California African American Museum, Alzheimer’s Association; and as a docent of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. To honor her husband’s achievements while recognizing his commitment to education and community, Marian created the Homer F. Broome, Jr. Family Foundation – now the Marian G. and Homer F. Broome Jr. Family Foundation. Marian also served as chairwoman of the foundation. She was married to Homer for 50 years, raised two children, and was grandmother to four granddaughters when she passed away in 2009.