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Gordon S. Marshall was an American businessman and philanthropist. He was the founder of Marshall Industries (Template:Nyse2), a publicly traded company from 1984 to 1999. Gordon S. Marshall died on June 2, 2015 at the age of 95.[1]

Early life

Gordon S. Marshall was born in Los Angeles, California in 1919.[2] He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1946.[2][3] He served as a bomber pilot for the United States in World War II.[2][3]


He founded Marshall Industries, headquartered in El Monte, California, in 1982.[2][4] He served as its President from April 1982 to June 1992, and as its Chief Executive Officer until 1994.[4] The company became one of the nation's five largest distributors of industrial electronic components and production supplies. In 1999, it was acquired by Avnet (New York Stock Exchange (NYSE): AVT).[4]

He served on the Board of Directors of the Amistar Corporation (OTCMKTS:AMTA) from 1974.[4]


He served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Southern California.[5] He donated US$35 million to USC in 1997. The USC Marshall School of Business is named in his memory.[3][6]


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