Edward C. Marshall
Champion of the arts in education
CLARION Edward C. Marshall of Clarion died on Friday, September 6, 2019, at the age of 78. He passed away peacefully in hospice care at the home of his daughter's family in Cheswick, immediately after they finished a bedside hymn service.
Edward was born in Elkton, Maryland, on March 19, 1941, to parents Robert Marshall and Gertrude (nee Whitehead) Kriebel Marshall Amason.
He began studies at Austin College but then served with the Air Force from 1960 to 1964. He worked in Air Force intelligence as an interceptor and analyst in Alaska.
Kristin and Ed married on November 9, 1963. In 1965 he graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and Russian language. While teaching philosophy, he continued fellowships and Ph.D. studies (ABD) in Russian language and philosophy. He pursued his fine arts interests in 1974 to 1976 under the tutelage of his mentor and friend Ohm Cederberg, ASC. He then obtained a Master of Fine Arts at Florida State University.
Ed enjoyed a 45-year marriage partnership with his wife until her death in 2009. For more than 25 years, they moved many places to teach at various universities. He taught philosophy, art, and theatre design at Syracuse University, Valdosta State, Albany State College, Florida State University, Mississippi University for Women, Lemoyne Owen College, Bowling Green University, and Cal-Polytechnic among others.
In 1976, several of his paintings were exhibited at the American Painters in Paris Bicentennial show. Together, Ed and Kris put on many college theatre productions including Medea, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Raisin in the Sun, Barnum, Cabaret, and Androcles and the Lion. Ed was always a champion for the arts in education, even advocating maintaining the music program in his daughter's elementary school in Georgia.
They settled in Clarion in 1991 and he remained there until the year of his death. He was a member of the Lutheran and then later the Presbyterian Church. He was a writer (of poetry, several plays, and a novel in perpetual progress) and was always interested in politics and defense of the U.S. Constitution.
He is survived by his daughter Krista (Cleve) Cooke of Cheswick; grandchildren Caleb Marshall, Linda Grace and Sarah Rose Cooke; sisters Eileen McGuire of California and Lorna (Dennis) Shepherd of Arkansas. He was predeceased by his wife, Kristin (nee Krum); infant son "Robin"; siblings Robert Marshall, Linda Marshall McGrath, half-sister Joan Krieble, half-brother John Marshall and cousin Douglas Walker.
He is remembered for his big heart, his wise words peppered with bad jokes, his artistic flair, his use of the Socratic Method, his loving lectures, and his sacrificial love for his family.
Visitation with the family will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 14 with the funeral service led by Rev. Doctor Douglas Spittel at 1:15 p.m. at Charles B. Jarvie Cheswick Funeral Home, 1607 Pittsburgh St., Cheswick, Pa. 15024. His ashes will be interred beside his wife's in Fort Plain Cemetery in New York.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to his grandchildren's school's fine arts department. Those who would like to donate can write checks to Redeemer Lutheran School, memo: arts/theatre memorial donation, and mail to RLS, 700 Idaho Avenue, Verona, Pa. 15147 or bring to visitation. Friends and family may send online condolences and obtain additional information by visiting http://www.jarviefuneralhome.com