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Margaret Wiley Marshall ’29, MA ’31

Margaret Wiley Marshall '29, MA '31, August 19, 1995, in Oxford, England, where she had lived since 1968. She taught high school in Redmond, Oregon for three years, and then moved to Boston, where she was head of the English department at Emerson College. She earned a PhD in 17th-century English literature from Harvard-Radcliffe in 1940. In 1946, she took a position as a lecturer at Brooklyn College of City University of New York. She taught at that institution until 1970, rising to the rank of full professor. In 1957–59, she received a Fulbright grant to India. She was the author of several books, including The Subtle Knot: Creative Skepticism in 17th-Century England, published in 1952, and Creative Skeptics, published in 1966. She also published many articles in a variety of professional journals. She married Roderick Marshall, a Brooklyn College colleague, in 1954 in the Eliot Hall chapel. In 1968, the couple moved to Oxfordshire, England, and lived for seven years in the 16th-century home of William Morris. After her husband's death in 1975, she worked to complete and publish his book on William Morris, and she continued to write articles in her area of interest. She also traveled extensively and enjoyed playing the violin. She was a strong supporter of Reed College and had been a member of the Griffin Society since 1976. Survivors include two stepdaughters and two step-granddaughters.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 1995

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