December 8, 2008


Dr. Marshall Box


inmemory boxMidland College retiree Dr. Marshall Box, age 88, passed away on Saturday, December 6.


Marshall was born April 6, 1920, to James Jefferson Box and Ollie Williams Box in Burkburnett, Texas. As a young man, he enlisted in the United States Navy from 1940-1946, earning seventeen battle stars while serving aboard the heavy cruiser USS Minneapolis and fighting in seventeen major engagements in the South pacific including Pearl Harbor, Coral Sea, Midway, Guadalcanal, Leyte Gulf and Okinawa. A master sea diver, and the second-youngest Warrant Officer in the Pacific Theater of Operations, he received commendations from Admiral William Halsey for salvage operations at Guadalcanal and Tulagi.


Returning to Texas after the war, Marshall earned his B.S. and M.S. from North Texas State University. In 1955, he earned a doctorate degree from the University of Northern Colorado. He went on to serve as Dean of Howard College, in Big Spring.


In 1971, Marshall joined Midland College as Dean of Occupational/Technical Programs. It was a job, a 2007 report in the Midland Reporter-Telegram noted, "where he deftly put his naval leadership training, naval ship repair, fire-fighting, diving and underwater welding technical abilities and know-how and inventiveness to work toward building about 30 technical programs for the college and its students." This included working closely with architects in the design of the facilities that would someday house those programs. As Dean, and later as Vice President of Occupational Education, Marshall oversaw the creation and development of a wide variety of technical and health sciences programs, including the Associate Degree Nursing Program. He also worked with longtime Midland physician Dr. Viola Coleman to institute an Emergency Medical Technician Program at the school.


After retirement, Marshall founded AA RV & Boat Storage and Box Auto Parts & Salvage, where he enjoyed his hobby of restoring and rebuilding classic cars. He took no financial profits from the business, as all profits were used to send his employees to Midland College. It has been noted that several of these employees, after improving their skills, moved on to higher-paying jobs.


Marshall was preceded in death by his first wife, Dean Sullivan in 1972, wife Geraldine Kline Box in 1991, son Ray Box in 1996, and step-daughter Marion May Carry in 2002. He is survived by his wife Lucy Mary Box, step-son Michael Kline, step-daughters Paula Kline and Martha May Andreatos, sisters Glenda Lewis and Jimmy Faye Box, four step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.


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