Lt. Col. Marshall Monroe, III USAR (Ret.)

Published 10:00 pm Wednesday, September 2, 2015


Lt. Col. Marshall Monroe, III USAR (Ret.), age 89, passed away September 1, 2015 at his home in Columbus.

He was born in Houston, Texas, the son of Marshall Monroe, Jr. and Elsie Mueller Monroe.

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Marshall graduated from the University of Texas, Austin, Texas and served in the U.S. Army, WWII, Texas Army National Guard, and Army reserves, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Marshall recognized early in his career that he wanted to be in the action and to make a leadership difference and was able to do this in executive positions with four significant non-profit organizations in America:  the United Way of America as VP for Program Development, the Boy Scouts of America as Assistant Chief Scout Executive, the YMCA of the USA as Director of Corporate Planning and Financial Development, and Chairman of the Board of the National Society of Fundraising Executives (now AFP).

Marshall served as President of the Stuart and Margaret L. Forbes Foundation, Chairman of the Polk County Community Foundation, Vice Chairman of St. Luke’s Hospital Board, and Polk County Vision Committee.

Surviving is his dear and loving wife, Bernardine, two daughters, Mona Lee and Linda of Lockhart, Texas, a stepson, Kenneth Dombrowski (Charlotte) of Ringoes, N.J., a special family friend, Ina Pollock, six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at McFarland Funeral Chapel on Friday, September 4, 2015, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, September 5, 2015, at 11:00 am, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Rev. Roger Arnsparger officiating.

A military burial will follow at Polk Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Drive, Columbus, NC 28722, or to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church/Marshall Monroe Endowment Fund, 180 Laurel Ave, Tryon, NC 28782.

 An on-line guest register may be signed at

McFarland Funeral Chapel
Tryon, N.C.