HILLSBORO – James Allison Marvin of Hillsboro, passed way Monday, June 23, 2014, of heart failure.
He was born November 8, 1935, in Rochester, N.Y. the son of Sanford and Ruth Marvin. Jim studied Government and History at The University of Rochester, and remained a devoted recruiter for that institution throughout his life. He joined the U.S. Army with the goal of furthering his education with the help of the G.I. Bill. He enjoyed a peacetime assignment in Germany, using free time to travel Europe, including visits with his bride to be, Gail Nichols who was then studying in Paris.
After his service he returned to Rochester to marry before enrolling in Harvard University Divinity School, and later Colgate Rochester Divinity School. He found his first position in the American Baptist ministry with a small town parish in Clifton and Mumford, N.Y. In 1966 with a 4th child on the way he reenlisted in the Army to serve in Vietnam as a Chaplain where he provided much needed comfort to servicemen in far worse circumstances than his own initial military experience. His service there and survival had a profound effect on him that drove his continued desire to be of service to other people for the rest of his life.
Jim went on to receive Hospital Chaplain training from Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and a Masters degree in Sociology from Long Island University. He continued his military service to total 20 years, including service in the Korean conflict, and another tour in Germany with his family.
He retired in 1983 to Hillsboro where he renovated his 1830 home. He continued providing religious services for the community as requested throughout his years. He is probably best known in the community for his passionate contribution to the Hillsboro Historical Society, for which he served as president, overseeing the restoration and management of the President Franklin Pierce Homestead.
Jim is survived by his wife Gail; his four children, Sara, Jennifer, Tamara and George; and his four grandchildren, Clifton, Andrew, Stephanie and Felicia.
Donations can be made to Friends of the Franklin Pierce Homestead, P.O. Box 896, Hillsboro, NH 03244, to Hillsboro Rescue Association, P.O. Box 7, Hillsboro, NH 03244, or to the
Per Jim's request in lieu of a service a memorial celebration will be held later this summer.
Published in The Concord Monitor on July 1, 2014