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Francis N. Marshall
(1907-1997)

Francis Nathan Marshall, well-known San Francisco mineral collector, was born in North Adams, Berkshire County, Massachusetts on January 5, 1907, the son of Elizabeth Boyd, a violin teacher, and Harry F. Marshall, a draftsman for a foundry. Francis earned his A.B. degree in 1928, after studying for three years at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and his senior year at Stanford. He was as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In Palo Alto, California, while attending law school, he lodged at first with the James Butler family. After obtaining his J.D. degree from Stanford University in 1931 he worked as an attorney for the law firm of Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro in San Francisco. Francis first married Doretta Elizabeth Griffin ca 1931 (b. NY July 21, 1908); Francis and Doretta had two daughters, Nancy (1942) and Marilyn (1944). Doretta died on June 17, 1957. Francis then married Jean Strick in 1958.

Jean Margaret Strick Marshall was born in Amoy (Kulaugsu Amo, Taiwan), China, on September 20, 1913, the daughter of Americans Edward James Strick and Edith Mae Walker; she traveled to the US with her family in 1923 and again in 1932, settling in Palo Alto, California where she attended San Jose State College. She first married Richard T. Armstrong in Palo Alto in 1936, and they had three children: Edward (1939), Richard (1941), and Phyllis (1945), but the union didn't last, and they divorced (Richard remarried in 1958 and died in 1973); Jean reverted to her maiden name of Strick and married Francis Marshall on February 21, 1958, in Palo Alto, California; she died in San Francisco on January 30, 1999.

Francis and Jean purchased many mineral specimens from Walt Lidstrom between 1960 and Francis's death. They used 3 x 5-inch file cards for labels, and each card carried a sketch of the corresponding specimen. Francis Marshall died on October 30, 1997, at the age of 90. In 1999, following Jean's death, their mineral collection was sold to Sharon Cisneros (Mineralogical Research Company). When Sharon sold specimens from the Marshall collection she always printed on the backs of her own labels: "From the collection of Francis and Jean Marshall, San Francisco, California."

References:
Social Security Death Index.
California Death Index.
California City Directories.
US Federal Census records.
The Gulielmensian Yearbook (1926),
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