- The Washington Times - Friday, May 13, 2005

Marilyn Macklin, 76, college benefactor

Marilyn C. Macklin, an education benefactor, died May 8 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. She was 76.

With her husband, Gordon S. Macklin — former president of the National Association of Securities Dealers — Mrs. Macklin was a primary benefactor behind the creation of both the Marilyn and Gordon Macklin Institute for Intergenerational Studies at the University of Findlay, in Findlay, Ohio, and of the Macklin Business Institute at Montgomery College in Rockville. The Macklins also provided significant support to scholarship programs at both institutions.

Born Sept. 22, 1928, in Cleveland, Mrs. Macklin graduated from Shaker Heights High School in 1946 and from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1950.

Mrs. Macklin had a lifelong interest in the care and education of young children. After receiving her degree from Ohio Wesleyan, she worked with nursery schools in Findlay and in the greater Cleveland area, before moving with her husband to Bethesda in 1970.

Always an active volunteer, she served as a member of the Child Health Center Board in the District and on the Montgomery County Foster Care Child Review Board. She also served as a member of the University of Findlay’s board of trustees. In recent years, she volunteered at senior citizens facilities and received an honorary degree from Montgomery College in Rockville. Throughout her life, Mrs. Macklin was involved with many charities.

In addition to her husband of 54 years, Mrs. Macklin is survived by four children, Gordon S. Macklin III, Gary Macklin, Nancy Hook and Lisa Stargel; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorial donations may be made in Mrs. Macklin’s name to the National Ataxia Foundation, Chesapeake Chapter, 5938 Rossmore Drive, Bethesda, MD 20814.

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