Harry Marshall: Class of 1961

Harry Marshall
  • Class of: Col ’61
  • Current city: Chevy Chase, MD
  • Current job: Retired; formerly worked with the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Bodo’s Order OR Favorite Charlottesville Spot: The White Spot for grills and cream!

Tell us your UVA story. What did you do during your time on Grounds? What were your favorite memories?

I started at UVA in Fall 1957. I became associated with the First Year Social Committee and University Guides and joined the swimming team, swimming the 880 freestyle. I joined the Cavalier Daily staff and became a City Editor. My fraternity is Phi Delta Theta, now Phi Society, and I served on the Executive Committee. I was in the PK Society and ran for Judiciary Committee on the Lambda Pi ticket.

Dating in my era meant “going down the road” to nearby girls’ schools (Sweet Briar, Randolph Macon and others). On big weekends girls would come to Charlottesville but would be assigned to “approved housing.” Once I was surprised when my date informed me that she was staying with “Uncle Colgate at Carr’s Hill!”

UVA football set a national record for losing the most games in a row—the team won only two games during my four years. I dated a girl from Charlottesville who was very game and used to go with myself and fraternity brothers on the road trips. She also came to rush smokers with snacks for brothers and rushees. In 1961, my class was the last one where all members received their degrees during the Lawn ceremony. More recently, I have taught as an adjunct professor at the Law School.

Tell us what you’re up to today!

I have been retired from the Justice Department since 2011. I have remained active with various UVA entities such as Virginia Rowing and Jefferson Scholars. I have served as President on my fraternity’s alumni board of trustees since 1990. My wife and I spend much time visiting with our five grandsons and going to Nantucket in the summer.

What makes you say Wahoowa?

The sight of any UVA icon!

What’s the biggest way in which you hope alumni can impact UVA?

Alumni need to stay involved with and support University entities with which they were associated with as undergraduates.