Elizabeth J. Marshall, 93, McDaniel honorary trustee

December 28, 2005

Private funeral services will be held tomorrow for Elizabeth J. Marshall, a gardener and landscape architect who was an honorary trustee of McDaniel College.

Mrs. Marshall, who was 93, died of dementia Dec. 20 at Copper Ridge in Sykesville.

Born Elizabeth Johnson in Philadelphia, she was a graduate of the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture and the Cambridge School of Architecture.

She was the wife of former Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College, English professor Thomas E. Marshall. She served on the college faculty as an adjunct instructor of mechanical drawing in the 1950s.

After living in Ohio, where her husband was on the Kent State faculty, they returned to an Upperco farm, Skyfield, which Mrs. Marshall planted with trees and gardens. Family members said she liked birds and planted bird-friendly trees and shrubs.

In 1994, she was named to the college's board as an honorary trustee. She served on the board's Building and Grounds Committee and worked closely with the college grounds crew, bringing her knowledge to the campus. She also traveled widely.

Mrs. Marshall also enjoyed literature and was the anonymous benefactor of the annual Holloway Lecture Series that brought noted speakers to campus.

Survivors include a nephew, Raoul Tschebull of Darien, Conn.; a great-niece and a great-nephew. Her husband died nearly 10 years ago.

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