Peter Benson Marshall passed away on June 5 at the Jewish Healthcare Center, Worcester after a long illness.
He was born in Boston MA on February 27 1931 to Harold and Marion (Benson) Marshall. His early years were spent in Walpole and Sharon MA. He graduated from the Choate School, Wallingford CT in 1949…where he was active in sports, playing hockey and captaining the baseball team for two years. He continued his education at Middlebury College graduating in 1953. At Middlebury he was elected to Blue Key Honor Society. He played hockey and was captain of the baseball team. His senior year he was awarded the Hazeltine-Klevenow Memorial Trophy for best combining ability in athletics and excellence in scholarship.
He attended Harvard Business School and left to fulfill his military obligation. He served in the US Army for two years at Fort Lee, VA and Fort Ritchie in Cascade Maryland. Off duty hours were spent playing baseball on the army team. He enjoyed playing in the small towns around the area and getting to know the local population. His army duty, in small part, was writing the Fort Ritchie Flash, the post news bulletin.
His post army career started at Norton Company in the Personnel Department. He traveled to colleges and universities up and down the East Coast recruiting ceramic engineers and other recent graduates for positions in the company. His career at Norton spanned twenty years ending as Director of Personnel.
In 1977 a call from his good friend Gordon Lankton offered him a position as Director of Human Resources in the fledgling company of Nylon Products (now Nypro Jabil) in Clinton. The company was based in a small building on a back street in Clinton. On starting day Pete was given a plane ticket to Puerto Rico. This flight was the first of countless trips to that island to oversee operations there. For the next quarter century he traveled the world in various capacities for Nypro. His tenure at the company included sales and marketing, executive recruiting, business development, operations, and external affairs. He retired in 2001 as Assistant to the President.
In 2015 he was named to Nypro’s Hall of Fame, an honor that is bestowed on individuals who, by consistent long term dedication and extraordinary accomplishments have contributed to the foundation and long term success of Nypro.
He co-founded the Robotics program, a collaborative effort between Nypro and the Clinton Public Schools. Peter was a founder and Board Member of the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry (MassMEDIC), President of the Clinton Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow, Chairman of the Wachusett Chamber of Commerce and recipient of its Person of the Year Award in 2001, Board Member of the Advanced Medical Technology Association, Board Member of the Society of the Plastics Industry, Member of the Plastics Pioneers.
He was a resident of West Boylston for fifty years and served on numerous town committees He was a former Senior Warden of All Saints Church, Worcester.
Many years were spent with the Worcester Pee Wee Hockey Organizations. He was instrumental in getting the rink built on Shore Drive.
But his true gift was connecting with people.
He leaves his wife Margaret Cecily (Mattocks), his daughter Kristin Rogers of Cos Cob CT, a son, Jonathan and his wife Sharon of Springfield MA; a son Stephen and his wife Nancy of Cazenovia NY. A son Bruce, predeceased him. Fifteen grandchildren survive him: Hannah, Henry, Tyler, Kristina, Marshall, Megan, Ryan, Matthew, Mollie, Marisa, Marikate, Caroline, David, Catherine and John.
Also surviving are his sister Joan Marshall McLean of Cromwell, CT and his brother David E. Marshall of New London, NH. A brother Harold T. Marshall of Spartanburg SC predeceased him.
A service of the Celebration of Peter’s life will be held at All Saints Church, 10 Irving Street, Worcester on Tuesday, June 13 at 11 a.m. A private burial service will follow at the High Plains Cemetery in Oakdale, MA
The Marshall family expresses gratitude to the staff at the Jewish Healthcare Center for the devotion and care given to Peter.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Memorial Fund at All Saints Church
Funeral arrangements are in the care of CALLAHAN, FAY & CASWELL Funeral Home, 61 Myrtle Street, Worcester MA.