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Marilyn Rall

East Lansing

Marilyn Louise Rall, 70, born in Madison Wisconsin on May 15, 1945; died on November 5th 2015, while under hospice care. Marilyn was the daughter of Dr.  Leonard Rall, an economics professor at MSU, and Dorothy Rall, an East Lansing High School history teacher.   After her retirement, Marilyn lived in the Rall family home in Lantern Hill, a neighborhood in East Lansing well known for its innovative design and built by a group of MSU professors and their families in 1952. Marilyn was a graduate of East Lansing High School, Oberlin College (BA), and North Carolina University (PhD Social Psychology). She enjoyed a long teaching career at Brooklyn College, where she was voted outstanding professor by her students. During her teaching career in NY, she actively pursued her love of acting and theater production.  Marilyn was an avid and enthusiastic international traveler, inspired by the family's four year residence in Brazil while she was a child. Over the course of her adult life, she particularly enjoyed visiting friends in England on an annual basis. 

After retiring from Brooklyn College, she helped establish a successful film production company based in East Lansing. She enjoyed attending premieres of films her company helped produce. 

 Marilyn will be remembered for her sense of humor, her pursuit of fun, and endless storytelling. Above all, she will be remembered for her love and support of art in all its forms.  Her uncompromising generosity has inspired and will continue to inspire generations of artists to come. 

The family is planning a memorial service in the spring of 2016, date to be determined.

Marilyn is survived by her sisters; Barbara Lowrey of Alexandria VA, and Marcia Haarer of Ann Arbor MI. 

In lieu of flowers, please send funds to the Spartan Marching Band. Checks can be made out To Michigan State University, and write in the memo line "Spartan Marching Band". Send to College of Music Development Office, MSU, 333W Circle Dr., Room 103, East Lansing, MI 48824.  Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at

Published in Lansing State Journal from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2015
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