Obituary: Sir Michael Marshall
It is with great sadness that we announce that Old Fidelian, Sir Michael Marshall, passed away on July 27th at the age of 87 while on holiday in Spain with his wife and friends.
Sir Michael attended St Faith’s between 1942 and 1944 before moving to Eton College. He completed his national service as a pilot in the Royal Air Force and subsequently went on to read History at Jesus College, Cambridge where he earnt his rowing blue.
In 1955 Sir Michael joined the family business, now known as Marshall Motor Group and Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, and eventually rose to Group Chairman and Chief Executive in 1985. Sir Michael also served as a director of Eastern Electricity Board and the of the BL Cars Distributors Council. He was a vice-president of the Institute of the Motor Industry and of the Engineering Employers Federation. He served on the Air Cadet Council and was President of The Air League from 2004-9.
Charity work also took a large part of Sir Michael’s efforts. He was involved with the Cambridge Appeal for the British Olympic Association, the Prince’s Trust and The Ely Cathedral Restoration Appeal. He served as president of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, was chairman of the Court of Benefactors of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, the Honorary Air Commodore of Number 2623 (East Anglian) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force regiment and was a member of the Council of The Prince’s Charities.
Sir Michael was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 1999 and subsequently honoured with a Knighthood in the 2010 New Year’s Honours.
Over the years Sir Michael has been a highly supportive friend of St Faith’s. In 2012 he officially opened the new Year 1 classrooms in the Pre Prep and in 2018 he attended the official opening of The Hub. In addition, Sir Michael and his colleagues at Marshall were most generous with their time and knowledge as we developed and consulted on our Engineering curriculum.
Our thoughts are with his wife, Sibyl, and his family at this very sad time.
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