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Barbara Laskin

Margaret Wallin Marvin Memorialized by Macalester College

Photo: Marvin Family

November 20, 2009 - St. Paul, Minn. - Macalester College has dedicated Marvin Plaza, named for Margaret Wallin Marvin, of Warroad, Minn. Marvin graduated from Macalester in 1939. Two of her grandchildren (Christine Marvin ’03 and Angela Marvin ’09) are also are alumni. Ten family members, Catherine Marvin, Dan Marvin, Frank and Margaret Marvin, Ginny Marvin, Christine Marvin '03, Susan Marvin and Keith Schwartzwald, Peggy Johnson and Victoria Marvin, attended the dedication ceremony.

During her life, Margaret Marvin was a committed friend of the college, serving as a trustee or trustee emeriti for a total of 13 years. She was named a Macalester Distinguished Citizen in 1989 and was a generous benefactor throughout her lifetime.

Margaret Wallin came to Macalester from the Iron Range, studied English and Speech Communication, and made a career as a teacher who challenged and inspired her students in the classroom. She taught speech, debate and directed school plays. She was also an active community member, serving her church, the Girl Scouts and the Warroad School Board. She loved books and libraries and, along with her husband, Bill Marvin, generously donated funds to build the Warroad Public Library and Heritage Center.

“In her personal and professional life, Margaret embraced the ideals and values that represent the best of Macalester, and she loved the college as much as anyone I’ve ever met,” said President Brian Rosenberg. “We are pleased to dedicate this plaza, which will honor her memory and inspire future generations of students.”

The plaza, which creates a new campus gathering space, is located in the center of campus and features paving stones in the pattern of the Macalester shield, surrounded by memorial trees, colorful gardens, and perimeter seating.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,958 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism, and civic engagement. For more information, visit