Middlebury, IN | Certificate of Distinction: 1993
William F. Marvel, a native of Middlebury arid Elkhart County was cited for his service to Indiana agriculture as a veteran's teacher, an extension agent, and as a member of the Indiana Farm Bureau's Education and Legislative Departments. He headed the Legislative Department from 1979 until his retirement in 199'0. He was known for his effectiveness in tracking legislation that affected Indiana farmers, his support for state investment in Purdue Cooperative Extension Service and other educational programs.
After completing high school at Burnettsville in 1943, Marvel served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at Bruns General Hospital in Santa Fe, N.M. After World War II he returned to Purdue, completing a B.S. degree in horticulture in 1949. He taught general agriculture in the veterans' on-the-farm program in Kosciusko County. In 1952 he was appointed assistant county agent in Tippecanoe County, working with 4-H and youth programs.
Marvel joined the staff of the Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc., Education Department in 1958. There, he worked as an advisor for many Indiana youth groups, particularly the Indiana Rural Youth (now Young Adults) organization and 4-H clubs. He transferred to the Legislative Department in 1968.
Marvel chaired the Indiana Council of' Economic Education, and served on the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association board of directors. He served as chairman of the Hamilton County Extension Board and president of the Carmel Lions Club, and later was a member of the Johnson County Ag Alumni chapter.
Marvel was appointed by Edgar Whitcomb to the state's Welfare Study mission, by Gov. Otis en to the State Health Planning Committee, and Gov. Robert Orr to the state’s Tax Study Group. He was also appointed by state tax commissioner to serve on a reassessment study group that was expanded to consider all taxation.
Marvel has been honored Several times for his longtime work with the Indiana Council of Economic Education, based in the Purdue’s School of Management. He received the first statewide Paul Samuelson Enterprise Award for Community Leaders in 1991, and three other recognition plaques from the council since he began working with the council in 1958.
The State Legislature passed a special resolution recognizing Marvel's contributions to good government at the time of his retirement. Purdue President Steven Beering and Dean of Agriculture Robert Thompson honored him for helping guide legislation rough the state legislature to support construction of a new animal science research farms and the agricultural research building. He was also honored by the Farm Credit Council Louisville District.
Marvel and his wife, Cathie, have two daughters and five grandchildren.