Bill and Marjorie Marston
"I can't remember a day that I wasn't eager to go to school," said former lower school director and 1888 Society member, Marjorie Marston.
Mrs. Marston, who also served as a first grade teacher and the director of the reading lab, remembered her years at Latin with great affection. "No one," she once said, "had more fun teaching than I."
Mrs. Marston had an opportunity for a lot of fun during her 30-year Latin career, begun in 1942. She remembered guiding her students through hands-on learning projects: building teepees, igloos, and rocket ships, or watching chickens hatch in an incubator. She enjoyed the times when she and music teacher Mary Maj helped students stage musical dramas, like Cinderella in Space.
Her students have fond memories of her, too. Many remained in contact with her until her death in 2010, exchanging holiday cards, letters, and phone calls, and taking a drive out to the Marston home in Wenona for a visit. Many credit her with laying the foundation of their future academic success.
Mrs. Marston maintained contact with many of her former colleagues for whom she always showed great respect and admiration, "They were a self-sufficient group of professionals who built strong relationships with parents, students, and colleagues alike," she noted.
Today Bill and Marjorie Marston's foresighted planned gift provides ongoing support for the quality of education for which Mrs. Marston is remembered. When documenting their estate plans, Mrs. Marston was asked at the time what motivated her to include Latin in their estate. Her answer was simple and profound: "Latin is the greatest school in the whole world."