John Edwards "Jack" Marshall was born September 30, 1932 in Kansas City, Mo. to L.J. and Grace Edwards Marshall. He died November 20, 2011 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Jack grew up in Kansas City surrounded by a large and loving extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins. He graduated from Southwest High School in 1949 and went on to graduate from Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. with a degree in political science in 1953.
After graduation, he served two years in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. In 1955, he began a long, successful and rewarding career with Westminster College starting as an Admissions Counselor. Subsequently, Jack served as Alumni Secretary and Director of Publicity, Dean of Men, Dean of Admissions, Vice-President for Development, Interim President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees. He was referred to by many as "Mr. Westminster." Jack was a loyal member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, receiving the Merit Key and Order of the Phoenix award.
In addition to his many activities at the college, he was very active in the Fulton Community. He served on the Board of Associates of Fulton Colleges, Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society, Friends of the Library, Friends of the Churchill Memorial, Chamber of Commerce, State Hospital Board, Humane Society Board, and was a member of Kiwanis. Jack received numerous awards including the Westminster College Alumni Award of Merit, Alumni Achievement Award, Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce Loyal Subject Award, Association of Churchill Fellows, and a Resolution of Appreciation from the Fulton City Council. For his dedication, devotion, and contributions he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater, Westminster College. Jack was a truly selfless man a loyal and loving brother and friend. He had a passion for life which included a love of traveling enjoying trips to China, Russia, Egypt, Europe, and numerous trips to England. Making all he was around comfortable and appreciated was a great attribute of his.
Jack is survived by two brothers, Richard E. "Dick" Marshall and his wife Patti of Oklahoma City, Ok. and David E. Marshall and his wife Diane of Overland Park, Ks. In addition, he is survived by his nephews and nieces, Adam Marshall, his wife Allyson and their children Jackson and Keira of Lake Tahoe, Ca.; Holly Lawton of Prairie Village, Ks., Melissa Lawton, her husband Michael Wayne and their children Mick and Eliza of Sherman Oaks, Ca.; Betsy Roadman, her husband Eric and their children John and Drew of Lee's Summit, Mo.; Katie Marshall of Prairie Village, Ks.; and Jed Marshall of Prairie Village, Ks. He is also survived by his two beloved cats, Gracie and Gertie and a number of loving friends and cousins, particularly Patty and Ned Kehde of Lawrence, Ks.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jack Marshall Scholarship Fund at Westminster College, 501 Westminster Avenue, Fulton, Mo., 65251, or make a gift online.
A memorial service with reception to follow is planned for January 14 at 2pm at the Church of St. Mary on the Westminster College campus. All members of the Westminster family are invited to attend this special celebration of Jack's life. For out-of-town guests, hotel accommodations can be made by calling the Development Office at 573.592.5370.
Expressions of condolences may be sent c/o Dick Marshall, 824 Glenlake Drive, Edmond, OK 73013.
The College has created a special memory webpage for Jack. If you have anything you would like to share (stories, photos, thoughts), please send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read President Forsythe's message about Jack.
Read The Fulton Sun's Article about Jack's Life.
Remembering Jack Marshall in Pictures
Pictures below represent Jack's service to Westminster College, his alumni awards, his scholarship recipients, and times with family and friends.