ORLAND – George Milroy Marshall Jr., 92, died May 7, 2012, at his home on the shores of Alamoosook Lake after recent recoveries at St. Joseph’s Hospital and rehabilitations at Maine Veterans’ Home, Bangor.
He remained intellectually curious, an adventurous traveler, and a man with a big heart under the surface of his sea-worthy resolution until the last days of his life. In his retirement years he mastered the game of bridge and instructed beginners. He claimed he was a young man trapped in an old man’s body. For many summers prior to 2005 and year-round for the last seven years of his life he enjoyed boating, swimming, working outdoors, and hosting family gatherings at his lake property. He avidly researched family genealogy via the internet and correspondence with cousins in Ireland, England and Australia. He made several trips with family members to pursue family history and two solo trips to England and Scotland for both genealogy and educational research, the last one at the age of 91 in the fall of
2011. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1919, he developed a close relationship with his grandparents especially during his teenage years. He treasured his summers at Southold, Long Island and followed in his sea captain grandfather’s footsteps at the age of 17. From 1938 to 1946 he served in the U.S. Merchant Marine on ships operated by the United States Lines, American President Lines and American Export Lines before, during and after World War II, rising from deck cadet to U.S. Coast Guard Master of unlimited ocean going vessels. He graduated from U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point in the class of 1942. In 1944, he was appointed to first command of the ship SS Charles Carroll at the age of 24, one of the youngest shipmasters to have served in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II.
He continued to serve in the National Reserve of the U.S. Navy, 1946-1950. After World War II, he completed his undergraduate degree at New York University at the School of Commerce Accounts and Finance, and took classes in Admiralty Law. During his business career, he completed an advanced management program at Harvard Business School, AMP 66. He was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, National Honor Society of Business Education. For most of his working career, 1946 to 1975, Mr. Marshall pursued marine insurance underwriting beginning as a trainee and advancing to senior vice president of Atlantic Mutual Insurance and Centennial Insurance Companies in charge of the international insurance operations of these companies including subsidiary companies and general agencies in Canada, England, Belgium, Holland and Mexico. For six of these years he served as CEO of the Union de Seguros, S.A. in Mexico City, Mexico. After early retirement he joined the staff of Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, serving as special assistant to the superintendent as well as director of Development, director of Placement, director of the Cadet Shipping Training Program, the First Director of the Center of Advanced Maritime Studies and chairman of the Development Council. After his second retirement, he served as a SCORE volunteer in both Bangor and Ellsworth Offices and formed his own management consultant corporation, Mar-Search, 1986-1990. Professional associations of which he was a member include American Bureau of Shipping, American Export Association, Council of American Master Mariners, Lifesaving Benevolent Association of New York, Marine Society of the City of New York, and Navy League of the United States. While in Maine he valued his membership in the Trinitarian Congregational Parish Church of Castine, serving as trustee leading the restructuring of church governance; St. Andrews Society of Maine as an annual observer of the Highland Games; Alamoosook Lake Association; and provided charitable consulting work for organizations such as Cancer Support Center of Maine in Bucksport. During World War II, he was awarded bars for Pacific, Atlantic, Mediterranean Middle East War Zones; Merchant Marine Defense Bar; American Defense Service Medal; American Campaign Medal; European-African-Middle East Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; and World War II Victory Medal.
Subsequently he received from Russia a medal commemorating the 50th anniversary of the allied victory in World War II. He also received an outstanding professional achievement award from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
Mr. Marshall was predeceased by his parents, George Milroy Marshall Sr. and Lillian Marsden Marshall; his beloved wife of 60 years, Katherine Weaver Ebbert Marshall; three brothers, Arthur Van Cott Marshall, Richard Powell Marshall, and Donald McCrea Marshall.
He is survived by his son, James Wainwright Marshall of Sonoma, Calif.; daughter, Katherine Marshall Greenman and son-in-law, John F. Greenman of Old Town; granddaughter, Margaret Greenman Burman; grandson-in-law, Michael A. Burman and great-granddaughters, Adeline Lillie and Calla Elizabeth of Saco; grandson, Gregory James Burnham Greenman of San Francisco; sister-in-law, Patricia Goodyear Marshall of Bracebridge, Ontario; three nieces and six nephews.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Maine Maritime Academy Student Scholarship Endowment Fund, care of Maine Maritime Academy Development Office, Pleasant Street, Castine, ME 04420, in memory of Captain George M. Marshall.