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Marshall, Burke

1922 – Born October 1 in Plainfield, New Jersey.


1940 – He attended the Phillips Exeter Academy.


1943 – He graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts.


1944 – He joined the United States Army.


19XX – He married Violet Person.


1946 – He returned to law shcool at Yale University.


1951 – He graduated from Yale with a degree in law.


1952 – He joined Washington law firm Covington and Burling.


1961 – He was appointed assistant attorney general in charge of civil rights.


1964 – He stepped down from his post at the Justice Department. President Lyndon B. Johnson wrote on Marshall’s formal letter of resignation, "I have never known any person who rendered a better quality of public service."


1965 – He became the vice president and general counsel at IBM (International Business Machines Corp.).


1966 – He became the chair of the Vera Institute of Justice board of trustees.


1969 – He was promoted to a senior vice president of IBM.


1970 – He became a deputy dean and professor of Yale Law School.


1999 – He received the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights.


2003 – On the 2nd of June, he died at the age of 80 in his hometown Newtown, Connecticut, from complications of myelodisplasia, a bone marrow disorder.