Samuel Wilson Marshall III (Sam), 81, a resident of White Stone, Va., was born in Dallas to Samuel Wilson Marshall Jr. and Frances McClellan Marshall on September 8, 1934 and died on August 7, 2016 in Richmond, Va.
Sam is succeeded by his devoted wife Virginia; his brother, The Honorable John McClellan Marshall of Dallas; daughter Anne Marshall and her husband Bruce Mobarry of Moscow, Idaho; daughter Frances Marshall and her husband David Prawdzik of Estes Park, Colo.; and son James Marshall of Berkeley, Calif. In addition, there are Frances’s four children Timothy Marshall (Kandice), Amy (Marshall) Crawford (Nate), Nathan Marshall, and Kevin Marshall.
Sam grew up in Dallas and, after graduation from Highland Park High School, followed in his grandfather’s and father’s footsteps to Virginia Military Institute, majoring in physics. On June 9, 1956, he married Virginia Cox Bruns of New Orleans. He served as an Air Force pilot, flight instructor, and aviation physiologist, retiring after 20 years of active and reserve duty.
He received MS and PhD degrees in physics at Tulane University. He had a long and fruitful career as a physics professor and research physicist, focusing on underwater acoustics. He was a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and an active member of the Society of the Cincinnati. He and Virginia retired to White Stone, where Sam enjoyed sailboat racing. They also wintered in St. Francisville, La., for many years.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 AM September 24, 2016 at Grace Episcopal Church at 303 South Main Street in Kilmarnock, Va. A burial service will be held at 11:00am on November 12, 2016 at Grace Church in St. Francisville, La.