Howdy Marshall

J. Howard Marshall Jr.

74, lawyer, lacrosse star

J. Howard Marshall Jr., a retired senior partner in a New York law firm and former local lacrosse star, died Tuesday of complications of diabetes and Lyme disease at Maine Medical Center in Portland. He was 74.

Known as Howdy, Mr. Marshall was a descendant of John Eager Howard, the Revolutionary War delegate to the Continental Congress and later governor of Maryland.

Mr. Marshall was born in Baltimore and raised on Poplar Hill Road in Roland Park. He was a 1939 graduate of the Boys' Latin School and played midfield and close defense on the Princeton University lacrosse team that won the 1942 national collegiate title. He also played in the 1941 and 1942 North lacrosse team in the national North-South Championships. He earned a bachelor's degree from Princeton in 1943 and was a 1949 graduate of Harvard Law School. During World War II, he served as an Army artillery liaison pilot with the 43rd Division in the New Guinea and Philippines campaigns. He earned two Air Medals and was discharged at war's end with the rank of captain. A former longtime Irvington, N.Y., resident who moved last year to Biddeford Pool, Maine, he began his legal career in 1949 in the New York law firm of Wickes, Riddell, Bloomer, Jacobi & and McGuire. He retired in 1988 as senior partner in the firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, also in New York. Services will be held today at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Irvington. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Penelope S. Spurr; three sons, Tad Marshall of Seattle, Clinton S. Marshall of Biddeford Pool and Alexander S. Marshall of Darien, Conn.; two daughters, Julia H. Marshall of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Margaret B. Marshall of Grand Canyon, Ariz.; a brother, Dr. Strother B. Marshall of Salt Lake City; a sister, Marion M. Hooper of Nakomis, Fla.; and six grandchildren.