Dr. Marlene B. Vallin, 78, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Brandywine Hall.Dr. Vallin was a lifelong educator and scholar.
She was born in Schenectady, N.Y., on Oct. 3, 1934, the daughter of John and Anna Boyd.
For over 40 years, Marlene enriched the lives of all whom she met, especially her students. The first half of those years, Marlene stimulated secondary students as teacher, English department head, and Director of Speech and Theatre. For the second half of her teaching years, Marlene taught speech at the university level, reaching out to make others aware of their potential to influence others and discover themselves at the same time. Marlene believed "the skill of being able to reckon with one's reality in a highly complex, ever changing world is, I believe, the secret to successful living." Once retired from Penn State, Marlene became a communication consultant and worked with large companies and their senior leaders.
Marlene was a noted author, lecturer, and public speaker. Her two books "Mark Twain: Protagonist for the Popular Culture" and "Margaret Chase Smith: Model Public Servant" were two volumes in the Great American Orators of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries series published by Greenwood Press. The research by Marlene on Twain and Smith resulted in the presentation of several convention papers and the publication of manuscripts, two of which were published in prestigious national journals.
Marlene was a 1952 graduate of Bay Ridge High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. She earned several other advanced degrees: B.A. Brooklyn College, 1956; M.S. Queens College, 1959; M.Ed, the former North Adams State College (now MCLA), 1973, and Ph.D., Penn State, 1983.
She is survived by her two children, David Vallin of Berwyn, Pa., and Allison Kostovick of New Gloucester, Maine, and four grandchildren, Blythe Vallin, Brooke Vallin, Jackson Kostovick and Boyd Kostovick.
She was predeceased by her husband, Richard Vallin, and by her siblings, John Boyd, Jr., Joan O'Keefe and Robert Boyd.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Services will be Monday, May 6, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 191 Elm St., Pittsfield, MA 01201. There will be no calling hours.
FLYNN&DAGNOLI-BENCIVENGA FUNERAL HOME, 5 Elm St., Pittsfield, is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Dr. Marlene B. Vallin Memorial Fund, Penn State University, 1 Old Main University Park, PA 16802
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