Humanitarian Award, 2009

Charles B. Marshall, MD
Class of 1949

Charles B. Marshall, MD

Charles B. Marshall, MD, a native of Binghamton, NY, has lived in the small industrial town of Martinsville, VA for 52 years with wife Doris, raising their four children.  He trained in Augusta, GA and Winston Salem, NC before entering US military service in Japan during the Korean War and completed his residency in Ob/Gyn in Syracuse, NY.  He practiced Ob/Gyn in a partnership from 1957-1977.  Doris served as Red Cross Volunteer Nursing Director, teaching community classes and giving time to special Health Department clinics and services.

In the early 1970's they made serious commitments of faith in Jesus Christ and began to follow His leading. Dr. Marshall resigned his position as senior partner of the group in 1977, without having any plans for the future except to trust God.  The door to missions led them to Washington, DC with the Christian Service Corps for cross-cultural training with intense Christian study and practice. He served two years at Jesus Hospital, a Presbyterian-sponsored mission with a broad community outreach in Chonju, South Korea.

His focus then was directed to the flight of the Cambodian Refuges into Thailand and Southeast Asia who were being persecuted and slaughtered by the PolPot Regime.  Youth With A Mission (Y-WAM) provided a three month Discipleship Training School in Hawaii with a medical/spiritual ministry at the UNHCR camps for the next three years in Thailand, Malaysia and Somalia in East Africa.  He was called home to care for his terminally ill mother in October 1983, and opened a new solo Ob/Gyn practice, which he operated until 1987 when he could 'retire' again at age 60.

Y-WAM welcomed the Marshalls' medical services as missionaries to hospitals in Belize, Honduras, Ecuador, and Albania. Then, in 1994, World Medical Mission, Boone, NC, (Samaritan's Purse) invited them to travel to several mission and government hospitals around the world to help relieve the career overseas doctors during their furloughs, as well as to provide long-term needed services.  Most of the next 13 years for half-year average terms, were in Africa; Kenya, Cameroon, Niger, and Sierra Leone.  However, they were called back to Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa eight times, and also had experiences in India and Papua New Guinea.  A very prevalent malady in West Africa is obstetric fistula, both vesico-vaginal and recto-vaginal.  These are a great challenge to any surgeon, but there is nothing in the Western world to compare.  Dr. Marshall had many opportunities to try in these cases and gives credit to the Great Healer when a previously afflicted woman goes home dry.

Now in their 80's at home, closer to grown family, they continue to give service, praise and thanksgiving to God who has given them so many opportunities to serve around the world.  May the Lord find them faithful to the end.