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Marshall Cornell

  • "We became fiends when we met in Stevens Point, WI,(1947)..."
  • "I have many fond memories of Marsh -- they were neighbors..."
    - Peggy Hoppenrath Thompson
  • "I remember Marshall from Bell Lab days. He stood out to me..."
    - Amy

Cornell, Marshall P. Marshall was born on May 7, 1928 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin to Lauretta (Jenkins) Cornell and George M. Cornell. Marsh lived in Sheboygan until graduating from Sheboygan North High School in 1946. Enrolled in the U.S. Navy V-5 program at Stevens Point, WI from 1946-9, he was later transferred to the Pensacola (FL) Naval Air Station to complete his training. Marshall enlisted next with the U.S. Air Force, being stationed in Germany, Tripoli and stateside. After his service, he attended University of Wisconsin-Madison, achieving a degree in electrical engineering. Marshall was married to Betty J. Gilbertson of Stevens Point, WI in 1957. Together with their three children, they lived in Madison, WI and Red Bank, NJ, before moving to Naperville, IL in 1967. Marshall was employed as an engineer by Western Electric Co., which later became Bell Laboratories, AT&T Technologies, then Alcatel Lucent. He led and served on numerous projects, receiving multiple recognitions, before retiring after 37 years. After retiring, he enjoyed time with his family, traveling, Kiwanis, and volunteering at a hospital. In 2010, Marshall and Betty moved to Fort Collins, CO. Marshall is survived by his wife, Betty; his children, Jon M. Cornell, Cathy J. Lemke (William) and Richard A. Cornell; and his grandsons, William M. Lemke and Jon M. Cornell II. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Knox Presbyterian Church, Naperville, Illinois. Please visit to view Marshall's online obituary.
Published in Naperville Sun on Apr. 13, 2014
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