As a dedicated and passionate academic at heart, Lynn Marshall recently retired from two decades of research and teaching epidemiology through the OHSU School of Medicine and OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH).
Marshall’s professional career in public health began at the State of Oregon Health Division – currently known as the Oregon Health Authority – where she honed her expertise and gained invaluable experience in the programmatic aspects of public health practice. However, it was evident from the start that Marshall’s true calling was in academia. In 2001, she joined the OHSU School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor and investigator on the landmark Osteoporotic Fractures in Men (MrOS) study, led by Dr. Eric Orwoll.
From day one as a research faculty member, Marshall was drawn into the realm of public health education. At OHSU, Marshall was closely mentored by Dr. Tom Becker, former Chair of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, who played a pivotal role in shaping her academic path. Becker’s influence led Marshall to delve into the world of teaching, marking the beginning of a long and fruitful tenure.
Marshall’s academic journey was a testament to her devotion for public health. Her leadership role in the Ph.D. in Epidemiology program and her dedication to mentoring doctoral students showcased her commitment to shaping the next generation of epidemiologic researchers and public health professionals.
When asked about her favorite aspect of teaching and research, Marshall spoke with immense satisfaction. She found great joy in witnessing her students’ progress and transformation throughout their doctoral journeys. “I am profoundly grateful for the curiosity and dedication my students brought to their work, and I cherished the opportunity to guide them on their path to becoming scholars and researchers,” says Marshall.
In reflecting on her fondest memories at the School of Public Health, Marshall expressed pride in being part of its formation and contributing to its success. Her commitment to the school’s accreditation and her role in helping it thrive were sources of deep satisfaction.
Marshall made a generous gift to establish the Marshall Scholarship for Epidemiology Doctoral Students. This permanently endowed scholarship will support one or more doctoral students in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health’s Epidemiology Program, with preference for supporting students who have successfully defended their dissertation proposal.
Marshall’s dedication and determination to serve students and the field of epidemiology in public health have left an indelible mark on OHSU and the School of Public Health. Marshall’s journey as a beloved educator and mentor, exemplifies the impact one can make in shaping the future of public health.