Gilbert Adams Marshall – Shelburne

Gilbert Adams Marshall of Shelburne, and formerly of Essex Junction, passed away on June 1, 2012. He was born on April 10, 1920, in Lancaster, N.H., the eldest child of Frank and Gladys (Gray) Marshall, and grew up on the family farm until the age of 14. Frank’s unexpected death in 1932, left Gladys with three children to raise in the midst of the Great Depression. She gave up the farm in 1934 and moved her small family into town. In 1938, he enrolled at Northeastern University, participating in the Co-op program that alternated class terms with actual work experience in participating companies. In 1944, Gilbert enlisted in the Navy and served as a petty officer, shipping out for the Philippines shortly after the Japanese surrender in 1945. He returned in the spring of 1946, was discharged and returned to work at J&L. Gilbert applied for a teaching position at UVM, and was hired as an Instructor of Mechanical Engineering in 1947. He later earned a master’s degree and received tenure in 1952. Over the years, he taught a wide variety of courses, specializing in engineering drawing. In the 1970s he developed an interest in safety engineering, at that time a new field, in which he soon became a leader. In 1982, he published “Safety Engineering,” which has since gone through numerous revisions and new editions. During his 38 years at UVM, Gilbert devoted himself to teaching and advising students. After he retired in 1985, he served as a volunteer at the Brownell Public Library, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, and many other worthy causes. Gilbert is survived by his nine children, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Marjorie; and his sisters, Faith and Claire. He will be greatly missed by his family, his friends at Shelburne Bay Senior Living Community and around the region, and by his former students and colleagues. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 18, at the First Congregational Church in Essex Junction. There will be no visiting hours. Donations in his memory may be made to the Brownell Public Library in Essex Junction or Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity.

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