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Crews, J. Marshall, 1910-2010



  • Existence: 1919 - 2010


James Marshall Crews was born in McKenzie, Tennessee to Della Moore and Thomas Ervin Crews on July 4, 1919. He had one sibling named Mary Herndon.

Crews attended Bethel College in McKenzie where he was awarded a baseball scholarship. After graduating in 1942, he was sent to Officer's Training Camp at Camp Davis in Onslow County, North Carolina and then assigned to the Pacific Theater. Following the end of the war, Crews enrolled in a Master's program at George Peabody State College for Teachers (now part of Vanderbilt University.) He later completed his PhD at North CarolinaState University in 1966.

In 1948, Crews began teaching at Wilmington College as one of its first faculty members. Over the years, he held several positions including Registrar, Assistant Dean, Admissions Director, Academic Dean, and Dean of Students. Crews retired in 1981, but remained involved in University affairs and wrote the first history of the college in 1984, titled "From These Beginnings: Wilmington College 1946-1969." In 2002, Crews was the first recipient of a new award from the UNCW Alumni Association, recognizing outstanding faculty members. The following year, the award was renamed the "J. Marshall Crews Distinguished Faculty Award."

Crews married Margaret Leslie Mackintosh and the couple had three children. They were members of St. Andrews Covenant Presbyterian Church where Crews served as a deacon and elder. J. Marshall Crews died on April 13, 2010.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

From These Beginnings: Wilmington College 1946-1969

Identifier: SC-MS-092
Scope and Contents

This collection includes various working drafts and notes for Dr. J. Marshall Crews' book, From These Beginnings: Wilmington College, 1946-1969. This book chronicles the early development of Wilmington College, which later developed into the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Dates: 1980-1982