Thomas M. Marshall

1960, Chicago

Thomas M. Marshall was born in 1917 to Mr. and Mrs. Wiley Marshall in Frankfort, Kentucky where his father was an attorney. During early school years, an interest in music was pursued on the French horn and by playing trumpet in several dance bands. After receiving an A.B. degree from the University of Kentucky, where the horn and trumpet playing continued, he entered the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Between the sophomore and junior years, he formed a band with four fellow medical students and played abroad ships to Europe. He was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and received an M.D. degree in 1941.

During internship at Louisville General Hospital, Dr. Marshall courted and married Nancye Miller, a nursing supervisor at Children's Hospital. Two weeks later he was on sea duty with the United States Navy. After this tour of duty, a six-month crash course at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C. followed, and he practiced psychiatry until released from the Navy in 1946. After returning to Louisville General Hospital for some general surgery training, Dr. Marshall received neurosurgical training at the Mayo Clinic and was awarded an M.S. degree in neurosurgery from the University of Minnesota and was elected to the Society of Sigma Xi.

Dr. Marshall returned to Louisville and was associated with Dr. Franklin Jelsma for 3 years before entering solo practice. Shortly thereafter, he was a founding member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and was its president in 1960. The annual meeting of the Congress at Chicago with Dr. Paul Bucy as the honored guest, was the highlight of the year. In addition to private practice, he was an associate clinical professor of neurological surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He has served as president of the medical staff of several Louisville hospitals and continues to be active in civic organizations. After retirement from the active practice of neurosurgery in 1988, he has continued his interest in neurosurgery as a consultant in disability evaluations. Retirement has afforded opportunities to pursue the hobbies of tennis, fishing, and traveling.

He and Nancey have raised two girls and a boy, and now proudly exclaim the virtues of a grandson.