Marvin L. Hathaway

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WATERBURY - Marvin L. Hathaway, 86, passed away in the comfort of his home and family in Waterbury, Vt., on Thursday, August 22, 2013. Born in Akron, Ohio, on August 27, 1926, he was the son of the late LeRoy and Julia Alice (Ross) Hathaway. On December 21, 1951, he married the former Norma J. Mealey in Akron, Ohio.

Marvin was a 1944 graduate of Garfield High School in Akron and then went on to serve his country with the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. Following his honorable discharge, he continued his education at Akron University and was a 1950 graduate of Michigan State University with a B.A. degree in economics. In 1981, he graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.

Marvin began his long and distinguished career in 1950 with the Proctor and Gamble Co., and then went on to accept a position with Helene Curtis Industries in Chicago, where he worked from 1957-1965. He then was employed by the Noxell Corp. in Hunt Valley, Md., a Fortune 500 company that held such brand names as Cover Girl and Noxzema, among others. His tenure with Noxell spanned from 1965 until his retirement in 1990, seeing him rise to the positions of corporate operating officer, member of the board of directors and president.

Marvin was very active in a number of organizations beyond work. These included trustee for the Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Md., where he held several committee chairmanships. He and Norma made a large personal gift to support the acquisition of the DaVinci Robot at Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington, Vt., and they are Eagle Members at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach. Marvin also served on the Corporate Gifts Committee for the United Way of Central Maryland, and he volunteered his time with the United Way in Vero Beach, Fla., assisting lower-income families to complete tax returns.

In 2003, he and his wife founded the Marvin and Norma Hathaway Foundation with the goal of assisting organizations financially in the central Vermont area. Over the years, the foundation has made contributions to Habitat for Humanity, Spectrum Youth Services, Central Vermont Community Action Council, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, the Green Mountain Club, Green Mountain United Way, Vermont Public Radio, the North Country Animal League and Rebuild Waterbury.

His greatest pleasure was spending time with his family, and he enjoyed sharing his passion for driving sports cars, skiing, target shooting and fly fishing with them. He helped coach Little League in Waterbury when his grandsons were playing, and he was a regular spectator at all their school and sporting events. Marvin was also an avid sailor for over 30 years, and was a member of the Quail Valley River Club in Vero Beach, Fla.

Marvin is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Norma J. Hathaway of Vero Beach and Waterbury; their daughter, Lynne Bortree of Waterbury; two grandsons, Jonathan Bortree and his wife, Bethany, of Stowe, Vt., and Christopher Bortree and his longtime girlfriend, Mallory Roberts, of Burlington, Vt.; two great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Bortree and Tage Burgess; two nieces, Vicki Hathaway-Gardner and her husband, Dwight, of Lansing, Mich., and Kathryn Hathaway-Patterson and her husband, David, of Surprise, Ariz.; and his cousin, Dick Ross and wife, Anne, of Salem, S.C. Marvin was predeceased by his brother, Paul Hathaway.

Funeral services will be held from the Waterbury (Vt.) Congregational Church on Thursday, August 29, 2013, at 4 p.m. The family will attend his interment which will take place in the Riverbank Cemetery, Stowe, Vt., the following day. Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, would be appreciated to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641 (

Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home in Waterbury, Vt. To send online condolences, please visit us at and Facebook.
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Published in Times Argus on Aug. 26, 2013
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