|DAVID MARVIN - MSU Varsity "S" Club Honorary Member - 2009|
DAVID MARVIN: BORN A SPARTAN
Born at Lansing's Sparrow Hospital in 1950, Dave Marvin's first home was in student housing on the campus of the university then known as Michigan State College. Dave attended his first Spartan football game as an infant where, according to his parents, Dave shook his baby rattle to the beat of the Spartan Fight Song. A few years later, already wearing green and white, he attended Spartan Nursery School. Years passed and Dave grew to become a loyal Spartan Fan. It was no surprise to anyone that, after graduating from East Lansing High School, Dave chose to attend MSU. In fact, when his high school guidance counselor suggested Harvard as a possibility, Dave nixed the idea. "Why would I want to go anywhere other than Michigan State?" he asked.
During his years on campus, Dave won several tournaments and awards as a member of MSU's Varsity Debate Team. He also served as the President of Theta Delta Chi Fraternity, during the year when it became the first so-called "white" fraternity at MSU to break the color barrier by admitting African-American students as members. After graduating with honors from MSU in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science/Pre-Law, Dave married his wife, Mary Anne, (MSU '73), earned a law degree and then returned to the Lansing area to join Mid-Michigan's oldest law firm, Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap, P.C. Over more than 33 years in practice at the Fraser firm, Dave has a enjoyed a distinguished professional career with numerous highlights including victories before the Supreme Court of the United States, terms as President of various local, state, national and international legal organizations, and honors such as his selection as a "Super Lawyer" and his listing in "The Best Lawyers in America".
In addition to his many professional activities and an active family life, Dave has also devoted his time to numerous community service organizations, including terms on the Boards of Directors of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Audubon Society, the Rotary Club of Lansing, the East Lansing Educational Foundation, the Impression Five Science Center, and the Boy Scouts of America, among others. His years of service have earned him several high honors, including the State Bar of Michigan's highest award for Pro Bono legal services, the Boy Scouts' Distinguished Citizen of the Year, and the Lansing Chamber's prestigious Community Service Award.
Michigan State University has always remained a key part of Dave's life. A long-time season ticket holder to basketball and football games, Dave has been a member of both the MSU Downtown Coaches Club and the MSU Rebounders Club for 30 years and has served on numerous committees for both organizations, as well as other sports-related groups such as the MSU Women's Golf Committee. During MSU's Rose Bowl season in 1987, Dave had the pleasure of serving as President of the Downtown Coaches Club. For the last 24 years, Dave has also served as the Chairman of the MSU Basketball Team Banquet (also known as "The Basketball Bust"). As consistent donors to MSU athletics and the Spartan Fund, Dave and his wife Mary Anne are currently members of the MSU Directors Club.
In addition to Dave's support for Spartan sports, he has supported many other campus programs, including service as a member of the National Board of Directors for the MSU Alumni Association and being the founder of the MSU Debate Team Endowment. In short, Dave Marvin was born a Spartan, raised a Spartan, and will forever be a Spartan. Go Green!