David ’48 and Dorothy Marson P’75

David and Dorothy Marson
A strong team both in life and in support of Colby

Celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this January, Dorothy and David Marson ’48 have demonstrated that they are a great team in life as well as in their support of Colby. The Marsons always wanted to do something enduring for the College that has been such an important part of their lives for three generations, and they recently cemented that dream with a bequest to fund a faculty chair.

With the exception of three years, the Marsons have returned to Colby at least once a year since 1948. Initially they attended social events—homecoming weekends and class reunions. When their daughter Deborah ’75 entered Colby, those visits became more frequent. Later, their granddaughter, Jessica McNulty ’07 attended, and their grandson, Mark McNulty, is a member of the Class of 2011. Many of their friends have Colby connections as well.

The Marsons’ connection to Colby goes beyond social, though. Believing in the mission of the College, David served three years as chair of the Colby Fund and three years as chair of the Alumni Council before serving two terms on the Board of Trustees. He also served on an Overseer Visiting Committee to the Department of Chemistry, the Trustee Commission on Campus Life, reunion planning committees, a regional campaign committee, and in various class officer positions, and he represented the College at presidential inaugurations at Williams and Amherst colleges and Suffolk and Northeastern universities. David received a Colby Brick award in 1979 and the Marriner Distinguished Service Award in 1990.

Dorothy, who graduated from Boston University, received a Colby Brick award in 1984, an honor not often bestowed on a person who did not attend the College. She was recognized as a volunteer for many fund drives, for her famous football tailgate parties, and as a hostess of Colby Club of Boston events. She and David also are members of the Friends of Art, Music at Colby, and the C Club.

“We have been particularly impressed by the accomplishments of the College and the sound judgment demonstrated by successive Boards of Trustees in selecting the presidents and chairs of the board and in consistently making the right decisions to move the College forward. Being associated with the College has been a life-long learning experience,” said David.

In addition to the Marson Family Research Fellowship in Government, which the Marsons funded in 1994 with a charitable remainder trust, and a gift for the Marson Common Ground Room in the student center, a bequest to fund a faculty chair was made by the Marsons during the Reaching the World campaign. The rest of their family—including daughter Marsha Marson Moller—endorsed and encouraged that gift, and both daughters’ families are recognized in the title of the chair: the Marson-Moller-McNulty Professorship of Government. The Marsons hope the inclusion of their grandchildren in the gift will help succeeding generations of the family to remain associated with—and generous to—Colby.

“We take great satisfaction in knowing that the bequest will confirm in perpetuity our commitment to Colby and, in particular, to excellence in liberal arts education,” David said.

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If you would like to learn more about how Colby may fit into your plans, let's talk. Please call Susan F. Cook '75, P'11, in the Office of Gift Planning at 800-809-0103 or sfcook@colby.edu.
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