May 5 Memorial Recognizes Contributions of Adult Education Pioneer Lois E. Marshall
PARAMUS, N.J. (April 19, 2011) – At a May 5 ceremony, Bergen Community College and the Bergen Community College/Paramus Rotary Club will dedicate and rename the school’s Institute for Learning in Retirement in honor of Lois E. Marshall, the program’s first and only dean who passed away last April.
The ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the College’s memorial garden at its main campus, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus. A reception in the Moses Family Meeting & Training Center will follow. Friends, colleagues and other members of the public are invited to attend. Attendees should RSVP to Sherry Wilson at (201) 612-5274 or [email protected]
Considered a leader in the field of adult education, Ms. Marshall worked for the College for more than 40 years. Serving as the dean of the Institute for Learning in Retirement – a program organized and administrated by Ms. Marshall to provide college-level and recreational non-credit courses for senior citizens – she received hundreds of awards and commendations, including a U.S. presidential appointment to a three-year term on the National Advisory Council for Adult Education.
The former dean also contributed to countless community service projects and causes, including serving as: the president of the Bergen County Philharmonic Orchestra; a member of the Board of Trustees of Holy Name Hospital; a commissioner on the Bergen County Housing Authority; and a member of the County Advisory Council on Senior Citizens. She also served as director of the Bergen Community College Foundation from 1989 to 1995 and established the Dean Lois E. Marshall Recruitment Scholarship for prospective Bergen students graduating from Ridgefield Park High School, where she taught English and Speech from 1963 to 1967.
Ms. Marshall directed the launch of the College’s chapter of the Rotary Club in 2008, making it the first club in the nation to reside at a community college. A Rotarian for much of her life, she received the Humanitarian Award from the Rotary Club for participating in the Gift of Life International program. As part of the program, Dean Marshall sponsored bringing a European girl to the U.S. for heart surgery.
A lifelong resident of Ridgefield Park, Ms. Marshall earned a Bachelor of Arts from Paterson State College, a Master of Arts from Montclair State College and a second master’s from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu) based in Paramus is a public two-year coeducational college, enrolling more than 17,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip J. Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields.