Gordon Marshall, the founder of electronics giant Marshall Industries and a University of Southern California trustee for whom the institution’s business school was named, died Tuesday in Pasadena at the age of 95.
Marshall, a 1946 USC graduate, enrolled there after serving as a B-24 bomber pilot in World War II.
The Southern California native founded El Monte’s Marshall Industries in 1953 and grew the company into one of the nation’s largest distributors of industrial electronic components before selling to Phoenix’s Avnet Inc. in 1999.
In 1997, USC names its business school after him following his donation of $35 million, at the time the largest amount ever given to a business school.
"Gordon Marshall's dedication to his alma mater spanned seven decades," USC President C. L. Max Nikias said. "He was a dear friend to so many of us at the university, and an extraordinary human being, having touched countless lives throughout his exceptional career. He joined the USC board of trustees in 1968 and provided wise and visionary guidance to five presidents. We are proud that our business school will forever bear his illustrious name."
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