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|Marshall Winkle '57|
In a long and busy career, frequently punctuated by his personal mantra, "Don’t ‘have’ a good day – ‘MAKE’ a good day!," Marshall, who graduated with the class of 1957, has kept busy "making a good day" for his family, colleagues, community and alma mater.
Testament to Marshall's commitment to service and community can be found in just a short list of some of the roles he has taken on over the years, not the least of which is as an Alumni Executive Board member from 1978 to 1986, and as its president in 1985-1986. He has also returned as a current member of today's Alumni Executive Board.
For a decade in the 1970’s and 1980’s in the Grove City, Pennsylvania area, Marshall served as President of more than one organization, including the Mercer County Personnel Board, United Way, the Area Development Board, two terms as president of the Grove City United Community Hospital Board, and as a member of the Chamber of Commerce.
In the Mount Vernon, Ohio area, since 1984, Marshall has been President and a member of the board of directors of Knox Community Hospital; president of the Knox County Safety Committee; a board member and president of both the Knox County Mental Health Association, and the Knox County MRDD.
While these lists comprise an impressive track record of Marshall's public spirit, they do not tell the whole story. Though retired for several years, Marshall continues not only to hold such official civic roles but to give his time and talents to working with the students of Mount Vernon’s three local institutions of higher education; lending his skills to a variety of volunteer and building efforts at his church; and encouraging people wherever he goes.
One example of Marshall’s volunteer work in the community is the class he teaches at a local hospital. Marshall has worked with experts to develop a special form of Tai Chi, based on the traditional forms, that is particularly beneficial to individuals with arthritis. He teaches this class one evening a week throughout the year and has helped innumerable people cope with the ongoing challenge of joint pain in a way that is both physically and mentally stimulating, and an alternative to typical arthritis medications and treatments.
Marshall is a passionate and devoted champion of Hiram and continues to lend his efforts and influence to furthering the health and well-being of his beloved alma mater.