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Silberman Dean's Office to be Named for Beloved Professor and Friend to FDU 

When Marshall P. Bartlett passed away last September, his family lost their beloved husband, father and grandparent, his neighbors lost an effective and committed community activist, and Fairleigh Dickinson lost a teacher, a friend, a benefactor and an advocate.

When Bartlett retired from his remarkable career at Exxon Corporation, where he rose through the ranks to become general tax counsel of Exxon Company International, he could have easily embraced the quiet life with Margaret, his wife of more than 50 years, worked on improving what his son John observed was an unremarkable golf game and rested on his not inconsiderable laurels.

Marshall Bartlett commemorative plaque.

The plaque that will hang outside the office of the Dean of the Silberman College of Business.

But Bartlett had other ideas. He decided to pass along some of the knowledge accumulated over decades and, while teaching at FDU’s Silberman College of Business, developed the curriculum for the courses in international tax law.

Although not an alumnus – he held degrees from Princeton University, Cambridge University and Harvard Law School – Bartlett developed a strong connection to FDU during his tenure, believing it to be an institution of opportunity where students from across the economic spectrum could pursue their dreams. Before his death, through a generous commitment of more than $1 million, he established the Marshall and Margaret Bartlett Endowed Scholarship; the Marshall and Margaret Bartlett Annual Scholarship; and the Marshall and Margaret Bartlett Teaching Innovation Fellowship Award, which recognizes excellence in teaching, research and service to Silberman College. 

In recognition of the profound impact of both his service and his philanthropy has had on the University, the Office of the Dean of the Silberman College of Business will now be known as the Marshall P. Bartlett Dean’s Office. The University looks forward to marking the dedication with a ceremony as soon it is safely possible.

Marshall’s son John believes that his father would be pleased to have a continued presence at FDU. “Our family is deeply honored by this recognition of my father. He was very committed to the mission of FDU,” he said. “Dad always felt that it was an honor and a privilege to be able assist FDU in its mission to provide access to higher education to bright, talented, ambitious students no matter what their economic means might be.”