Sir Arthur Marshall (4/12/1903 - 16/3/2007)


SIR Arthur Marshall, the business chief who helped to steer Cambridge into the 21st Century, died today (Friday, 16 March) aged 103.

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SIR Arthur Marshall, the business chief who helped to steer Cambridge into the 21st Century, died today (Friday, 16 March) aged 103.

A statement from his company, Marshall of Cambridge, said the centenarian "passed away peacefully this morning".

He died at his home near Linton, Horseheath Lodge, at about 5am.

News of Sir Arthur's death spread quickly around the Newmarket Road-based firm.

Staff were sent an email informing them, and a flag was flown at half mast on the main airport building.

Sir Arthur's son Michael Marshall, chairman and chief executive of the company, is currently out of the country on holiday in the Caribbean. He has been informed of his father's death.

Cambridge-born Sir Arthur studied engineering at Jesus College and with his father David, who founded the Marshall empire, was instrumental in the creation of Cambridge Airport in the 1930s.

He took over as boss of the firm in 1942 and remained at its head until 1989, when he retired.

Under his control, Marshall's became one of Britain's largest privately owned and privately funded companies, with an annual turnover of more than £600 million.

The group has 4,000 employees and also has interests in the retail motor industry, transport refrigeration, and specialist vehicle engineering. Terry Holloway, the firm's group support executive, said: "Sir Arthur passed away peacefully this morning.

"We are making arrangements for a death announcement to be published in the News on Monday." The funeral will be "strictly private", he added, But plans are also being made for a memorial service to be held at the airport in Cambridge on Saturday, May 19, which colleagues, friends and others who knew Sir Arthur will attend.

Even though Sir Arthur stepped down from running the business back in the Eighties, he was hugely respected for his commercial knowledge, and was involved in a number of community activities, including the 104 Air Training Squadron in Cambridge, and Chariots of Fire, the annual charity run of which he was honorary president.

He was a member of the British Olympic team in 1924, the event on which the film Chariots of Fire is based.

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Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group has a turnover of £2.5bn and over 5,700 employees. Headquartered on a 900-acre site in Cambridge, Marshall has three principal arms to the business: Aerospace and Defence; Property; and Ventures.

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