Oscar McDowell Marvin

March 14, 2013 

Oscar McDowell Marvin, 88, died March 12, 2013 at Glenaire Retirement Community in Cary, NC. The only child of Oscar M. Marvin, Sr. and Gladys Early Marvin, he was born on April 12, 1924 in Statesville, NC. Oscar graduated in 1941 from R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, NC. He served during WWII in the US Army 34th Infantry and was awarded the Purple Heart. He graduated in 1948 with a BA from UNC, a MBA from University of Chicago in 1953, and a MS from University of Louisville in 1971. He worked as a foreman at Hanes Dye Finishing Co. in Winston-Salem, NC in 1948. In 1952, he served as Hospital Administrative Resident at NC Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC. In 1953, he worked as Assistant Administrator at City Memorial Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC. From 1954-1957, he was Assistant Administrator of Medical Care Commission in Raleigh, NC. Oscar was a missionary to Japan, Yodogawa Christian Hospital, Osaka from 1957-1960. He served as Assistant Administrator and then Administrator of the City of Memphis Hospital, Memphis, TN from 1960-1968. At the University of TN, Oscar was a Lecturer in the Department of Preventative Medicine and Associate Professor in the College of Pharmacy. He served as Executive Director of the Louisville Medical Center, Inc., in Louisville, KY from 1968-1993.

Oscar was a member of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, USA in Cary, NC and Elder in the Presbyterian Church, USA. He was a former member of Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church, USA, Twigs Kosair Children’s Hospital, Belles N’ Beaus Square Dance Club, and The Louisville Rotary Club, all in Louisville, KY. He was Past President of the Jefferson Co. Association for Children with Learning Disabilities in Louisville, KY. Oscar served on the Medical Center Board for Hospitality House in Louisville, KY.

He enjoyed tutoring adults and children in reading and playing golf and bridge.

In 1951, he married Jane Krauss. They had 3 children, Frederick McDowell (wife, Nancy Anderson), Elizabeth Anne (deceased), and Robert Doyle. In 1977, Oscar married Marcia Ann Benefiel Jackson. Marcia had two children, Jonathan Paul Jackson (wife, Jennifer Thorsen), Katherine Susanne Jackson (husband, Jay Leitson). The blended family has fourteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, USA, 2220 High House Rd, Cary, NC 27519. A reception will follow the service. A graveside service will be held later in the afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in Statesville, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, USA.

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