James Douglas Marshall died December 9, 2017 at Kendal in Oberlin, Ohio. He was born July 23, 1924 in La Cumbra, Colombia, South America. Jim was home schooled for grades one, two and three. For grades four and five, he attended a boarding school in Wisconsin.
In 1935, the Marshall family moved to Glen Ridge, New Jersey where he continued his education, graduating from Glen Ridge High School in 1942. He enlisted in the Navy ROTC program, and enrolled at Yale University, graduating with a degree in Industrial Engineering in 1947.
In 1953, Jim joined the Hyatt Bearings Division of General Motors in New Jersey. In 1966, General Motors merged the roller and ball bearing divisions and moved its headquarters to Sandusky, Ohio. Jim and his family moved to Huron, Ohio in 1966 where he lived until 2013 when he moved to Kendal in Oberlin.
He spent 53 summers on Upper Saranac Lake, New York entertaining visits from family and friends and enjoying the lake and mountain activities the Adirondacks offer. He volunteered as a trail guide at the Wild Center Museum in Tupper Lake and served in many capacities at the Island Chapel on Upper Saranac Lake. He was involved in volunteer activities everywhere he lived (Summit, New Jersey; Huron, Ohio; and Kendal).
After he retired, Jim and his wife, Linda, travelled extensively in the United States and internationally. Jim’s greatest joy was his family and he loved visiting his children and grandchildren and spending time with them in the Adirondacks.
Jim is survived by his wife, Linda, of 63 years, Douglas (Mary), Sally (Philip), Lee (David) and Newton (Susan) and nine grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sister Alice, brother Thomas and his parents Newton and Pauline Marshall. His brother William Marshall survives him.
There will be a celebration of his life on January 14, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Kendal in Oberlin, Ohio. Memorial contributions can be made to: Oberlin Community Services, 285 Professor Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074; The Upper Saranac Lake Foundation, P.O. Box 564, Saranac Lake, New York 12983; or The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake, NY 12986.