NEWPORT, R.I. — James H. Marshall, retired entrepreneur, yachtsman and environmentalist, died Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at Newport Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was 78.
Following the death of his wife (Mary Rose Warburton) a single-handed junior women’s championship for Narragansett Bay was established in her memory. That was subsequently expanded into the Junior Women’s Regatta, featuring single-, double-handed sailing and Optimist class racing for girls.
He was an advocate of education, dedicating at least two weeks each year to professional enhancement, frequently attending academic programs at various colleges and universities across the nation to further his endless quest for knowledge. He loved reading books, especially those of history; a favorite subject was his hometown of Newport, RI. He loved to share his knowledge with anyone who asked.
A proud supporter of Catholic Schools, he established a scholarship at La Salle Academy, Providence, for promising students to receive a Christian Brothers’ education. He also volunteered as a reading helper and math tutor at the Pell School, going back to his early professional roots of substitute teaching. He was a member of the Board of Directors for Baby Steps, an East Bay community early education program which supports families with young children.
Born in Newport, Mr. Marshall was the son of the late Francis J. and Madge (Robertson) Marshall. He is a descendant of Jeffery Robertson, a Colonial founder of Virginia and a direct descendant of Norville Robertson, an original settler of Mississippi. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Rose (Warburton) Marshall and his brothers, Francis J. Marshall, Jr. and Jamie Marshall (twin).
Burial will be private at the convenience of the family, as his remains were donated to The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.