Donor Stories

CoraLynn Harward Marshall

CoraLynn Harward Marshall ’46, J.D.’78 felt perfectly happy with her career as a CPA in Durham when her close friend, Duke Law School Dean A. Kenneth Pye, encouraged her to apply to his school. She had an empty nest, and she had just turned 50. Marshall decided to take on her friend’s challenge, and she eventually worked as an attorney for more than 20 years before retiring.

From her undergraduate days at Duke to this day, Marshall has supported Duke as a volunteer, parent, and donor. Her husband, Stephen Harward, served as University Treasurer, and one of her sons and two of her grandsons attended Duke. Marshall’s rich 72-year relationship with the university inspired a $1.5 million bequest: $1 million will establish the Stephen and CoraLynn Harward Scholarship Fund at the law school, while $500,000 will supplement the existing Thurman Lando & Carol Strong Young Endowment for the Duke Marine Lab in memory of her parents.