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Location: Greenville, Greenville, SC, U.S.
Birthdate: (49)
Birthplace: Cincinnati, OH, USA
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Immediate Family

    • Kathryn
      wife
    • Edward
      son
    • Joseph McKean
      son
    • Mary Allen (Mallie)
      mother
    • Elizabeth
      sister
    • John
      brother

About E. Marshall

Edward Clark Marshall III

Ed Marshall was born in Cincinnati at Christ Hospital. His parents took him home to Broadview Drive in Hyde Park and in 1965 at age two, the family moved to Leelanau County, Michigan. The first two years they lived at the Marshall family's cottage about a mile south of the village of Lake Leelanau (formerly Provemont) across from Fountain Point. In 1967-68, the family moved into a permanent home on the north end of the lake (Lake Leelanau) at 4894 N. County Road 641, near the intersection of M-22. Marshall and his siblings were raised in this house, enjoyed the outdoors and attended Leland Public Schools until their departure.

Edward Marshall’s career has been honed on the coordination and development of complex projects. His experience spans government, non-profits, higher education, and business, from which he brings keen insight and practical solutions to meet the needs of his clients. His portfolio includes development of alternative energy projects related to the coming electric and hydrogen economies; initiatives using digester and landfill gas; production of algae; and the reclamation and use of municipal solid waste (MSW) as an energy source. Marshall is closely aligned with Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) and the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA).

Marshall is the former Director of Special Projects at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, where he managed finance, development and construction of two major projects totaling $82 million, including the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability (a.k.a.”Cliffs Cottage"), a major effort that incorporates technology, energy efficiency and sustainable construction on Furman’s campus. Marshall also served eight years serving as Director of the Northwest Crescent Center with a staff of fifty-two employees.

He has held important positions throughout his career. During the first Bush Administration, he worked at both the White House and later in the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs. As a DOL legislative officer, he was primarily responsible for employee pension and health benefits issues under ERISA and worked closely with members and staff of the House Ways and Means and Education and Labor Committees as well as members and the personal and committee staff of the Senate Finance Committee. He continues to maintain these personal contacts.

At the Labor Department, he helped coordinate efforts between the Secretary of Labor and the Assistant Secretary for the Pension Welfare Benefits Administration (PWBA) and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). Marshall was internal liaison for the Secretary to the Labor Department Inspector General.

Mr. Marshall was the Director of Tax and Fiscal Affairs for the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC of America) in Washington, D.C., identifying and lobbying key tax issues before Congress and the Treasury Department. He was also the construction industry point of contact with the Internal Revenue Service Independent Contractor Working Group.

Marshall received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Third World Studies from The University of the South in Sewanee, TN and Master of Arts degree from Furman University in Greenville, SC. His travels have taken him to Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.

He is a regular speaker before industry groups, corporations and government organizations. He has served on and staffed several non-profit boards during his career and knows the intricacy of board work, recruiting and relations.

Ed married his veterinarian Katy Gaines after meeting her at the Del Ray Animal Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia in September, 1990. She was also employed at the Fort Hunt Animal Hospital. Living in Washington, DC, their favorite date was taking their dogs Rudi and Manny to sit at the end of the runway and watch planes land at the National Airport on the Potomac River.

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The Rotary Experience

By July of 1980, South Africa was rapidly becoming the destination of thousands of displaced white immigrants fleeing war-torn Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. It was also the destination of a young man from the United States. That young man was me.

Looking back, I did not then understand the winds of change sweeping across southern Africa. With the passage of time, a college education and myriad life experiences, I now realize that the year I enjoyed living there as an exchange student was also the year that South Africa began its tortuous journey toward majority rule and the death of Apartheid.

My Rotary odyssey began when as a boy I accompanied my father to the Suttons Bay Rotary Club in rural Northern Michigan. The basement of the Grange Hall where club meetings were held was festooned with banners from Rotary Clubs next door and around the world. At age 13, our family hosted a Brazilian exchange student name Maria. The next year my sister Elizabeth was accepted into the Central States youth exchange program and spent a year living above the Arctic Circle in Sweden.

My motivation to become a Rotary exchange student came out of these experiences. After I was accepted into youth exchange, I learned that my third country choice was to become my final destination. Apparently, South Africa’s wild and dangerous reputation left it with a small list of students willing to travel there.

South Africa was exciting, beautiful, and exotic. It was a mystical place to a sixteen year old boy. Growing up in the midst of the Great Lakes and 20% of the world’s fresh water supply brought the first of many contrasts while living in the arid “Veldt” of the western Transvaal.

One experience remains vivid to this day. Below the huge mineshaft towers that dot the landscape from Johannesburg to Orkney, I plunged 3.2 kilometers into the earth to see gold extracted at great price and effort from the ore-bearing rock. Another trip left me dazzled by the fire and ice of deBeers diamonds in nearby Kimberly.

I saw the sweat and strain on the backs of black miners who manned the drills and planted explosive in the rock. The heat generated kilometers below the earth’s surface was suffocating, made tolerable only by a cooling system that seemed inadequate to the task. Topside, I watched a gold bar poured into a mold and then hefted its invisible weight.

Rotarians welcomed me into their homes and lives. South Africans by nature are a gracious people, particularly to Americans. The big question posed to me in the weeks after my arrival was, "Who shot J.R.?” Dallas episodes were running six weeks behind the United States. Their lives somehow hanged on the importance of that question. Cowboy boots and Western-wear were the rage.

Perhaps my most rewarding experience came in the two weeks spent visiting with Ellie Coleman at her farm bordering the renowned Kruger National Park and Game Preserve. The roar of lions at night, thundering from beyond the campfire was the sound of Africa. A giraffe and her baby allowed me to walk up closely and view their elongated elegance. Danger lurked in the form of game poachers who thought nothing of their murderous task and who would kill to avoid being caught. On the upside, imagine the delight of an outdoor shower beneath a 500 gallon water barrel with the plains of Africa as a backdrop.

My year abroad was filled with warmth, friendship and lifelong memories. I am attached to Africa. After returning, I studied the dark continent, taking a degree in Third World Studies with a focus on the broader African history, religion, politics and art. My mind released up memories of that year abroad and gave visual background to what I learned about Apartheid, segregation, artform, and the range of that year’s experience. Those memories were still bright in college, but became clouded by the overlay of education, thought and the passage of time.

Apartheid was no longer a word. It was the face of the housekeeper and gardener. Milner High School, where I studied and made friends, was remembered anew as a school without black faces. At a second high school in Bloemfontein, white students marched and practiced riflery one day a week as part of their studies. Classes were taught in Afrikaans and English, but not Xhosa, Sothu or Kwazulu.

The cultural contrasts at age 16 were new and wonderful. At 32, I am still curious about Africa. When I read a story or article about Africa today, I realize that words alone can’t capture the soul and essence of that place. Through the prism of recollection, I am able interpret what I read and hear about South Africa.

As a Youth Exchange counselor myself now, I have come full circle in Rotary. My club has completed hosting its first exchange student, a young man from France and our next student will arrive soon from Spain. Through Rotary International, youth exchange has built lasting international relationships at the personal level. It has also strengthened the precarious process of peace by teaching compassion and understanding.

Nearly 7,000 young people from around the world become Rotary International Youth Exchange Students each year. Their opportunity begins when an individual Rotary Club decides to host. In the process, club members learn more about the world through interaction with the student. And school children learn about another culture through conversations and daily interaction.

I benefited in ways both large and small from my exchange. It prepared me for the many wonderful travels, experiences and assignments taken on since that time. Join me by hosting a student in your home or starting a youth exchange program in your Rotary club.

Thank you Rotary for the opportunity.

Edward C. Marshall

Written in 1997