Deceased October 26, 2016
Marshall Weston Neale was born in Stamford, Conn., on July 16, 1925, and died in Guilford, Conn., on Oct. 26, 2016.
Marsh belonged to Theda Xi at Amherst. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1943 to 1946.
After leaving Amherst, Marsh went into news work as a reporter for UPI in New York. He moved from news to public relations with Waksman and Walworth, a New York firm specializing in food public relations. He was there from 1949 to 1983 and rose to the level of executive vice president. Marsh joined another food public relations firm, eventually becoming a partner and later the owner of the firm, known as Lewis and Neale. He retired in 1990.
In addition to representing a great variety of food companies and food trade associations, Marsh served his client, the American Spice Trade Association, as director of information for 40 years. He was known as “Mr. Spice” in the food editorial world. He lectured, wrote extensively and was a spokesman on every aspect of spices. He continued to represent the Trade Association in his retirement as it senior public relations counsel.
Marsh married Ruth Kilburn in 1949. They have three daughters: Karen, Susan and Sally; and four grandchildren. In retirement, Ruth and Marsh pooled their talents and began crafting shorebird decoys, which they sold for the benefit of their church.
He will be missed.
Celeste Ringuette W’48