Charles Frederick Marvin

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Charles Frederick Marvin

April 18, 1938 - November 06, 2018

Charles Frederick Marvin Charles Frederick Marvin, 80, died from complications following surgery on Nov. 6, 2018, in Reno, Nev.

A resident of Incline Village, Nev., he was born in Canton, Pa., on April 18, 1938, and, after living in Vienna, Ill., and Rockdale, Texas, he graduated from Lewisburg High School, Lewisburg, Pa., in 1956, and graduated from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, in 1960. Charlie was a physics major, to which he credited the fact that he was never laid off in his entire career in the aerospace industry.

Hired by McDonnell Aircraft, later McDonnell Douglas Corporation, Charlie worked on proposals and was known throughout the company for his writing skills as well as his logical mind. Charlie became a Vice President of McDonnell Douglas and General Manager of the Colorado Springs, Colorado, Division, then Vice President and General Manager of the Huntsville, Alabama, Division, where they worked on the SpaceHub for the International Space Station. Charlie led his team writing the winning proposal for the contract for the missile defense system, and in this capacity was retained by Boeing, bringing Boeing their largest defense contract. He retired in the spring of 2001; otherwise, he would have been working in the Pentagon wing that was hit on 9/11. His home office has a model of the Ground-Based Interceptor and a framed photo with congratulations signed by all the members of his team.

Charlie was most proud that his work brought guaranteed work for his employees. He spoke often about the driving factor in his leadership was the memory of being a new father of twins and the worry of being laid off. Charlie devoted his career to the winning of major proposals that would guarantee years of work for his employees, and he was extremely successful in doing that. He was a fair, good, honest man and was a fierce stickler to ethics in his leadership within Boeing.

Charlie's hobbies included researching railroads, especially the Pennsylvania Railroad (his family has memories of driving to rural parts of Pennsylvania to find locations of old railroad lines), and the statistical analysis of handicapping horse racing. In retirement, Charlie moved in Incline Village, where he enjoyed hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail, and he introduced the first wooden electric boat to Lake Tahoe.

Survivors include his wife, Carrie, of Incline Village; twin daughters, Kimberly Russell of Haslet, Texas, and Holly Marvin of Upper Marlboro, Md.; four grandsons; a brother, Paul, of Ormond Beach, Fla.; a sister, Judith, of Lewisburg; and six cousins.
Charlie was the mainstay of the Marvin family, a devoted son to his mother, a loving father to his daughters, a wonderful husband to his wife, a role model for his younger brother, and the best big brother any girl could ever have. Charlie attended his 60th Lewisburg Area High School reunion, reconnecting with classmates and thoroughly enjoying himself. We all miss Charlie and are grateful he was in our lives.

His service was held in Reno on Nov. 9, and his ashes will be strewn next spring in the Sierra mountains he loved.

A friend of Robert Linn, Charlie knew Merrill Linn well, and it is fitting that memorials in Charlie's name be sent to the Merrill W. Linn Land & Waterways Conservancy, P.O. Box 501, Lewisburg, PA 17837.
Published on December 3, 2018
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