Sept. 24, 1931 – Oct. 11, 2013
Raymond Marlow—husband, father, grandfather, and servant of God—went peacefully to meethis Lord and Savior and be reunited with his wife Elizabeth on October 11, 2013 after a brief battle with cancer. Raymond was born on September 24, 1931 in Waco, TX. When he was ten his family moved to San Diego where his parents worked in aircraft factories building B24s and PBY Catalina's. When the war was over, his family moved back to Waco and enrolled at Waco High School where he played baseball and football and was on the 1948 state championship team. It was during his sophomore year at Waco High that he met his future wife, Elizabeth Starr. Their relationship began on their first date and continued through 54 years of marriage. Raymond enrolled in the corps at Texas A&M, and studied mechanical engineering. After graduation, he married Elizabeth and they moved to Pirmasens, Germany for two years where he fulfilled his military duty in the 280mm Gun Battalion. Upon returning to the United States, he obtained a Masters in Mechanical Engineering at the Univ. of Texas and went to work for Chance Vought and then Texas Instruments (in 1957), where he worked with a new semiconductor technology known as thermoelectric cooling. When TI decided to exit the thermoelectric business, Raymond had the foresight to acquire TI's interest and started his first company, International Energy Conversion, in 1963. IEC later merged with 2 other companies to become Nuclear Systems. Marlow Industries was established in 1973 with three investors and a small personal loan. Under his leadership, he and his employees won the 1991 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and Industry Week Magazine's "America's 10 Best Plants" in 1993 and "Top 25 Growing Companies" in 1999. His professional achievements include receiving the Dallas Fort Worth Region 1992 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Technology Award and an appointment by Governor Ann Richards as the Founding Chairman of the Quality Texas Foundation. At Texas A&M, he was awarded the Dwight Look College Outstanding Alumni Award by the School of Engineering and was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate of the Mechanical Engineering School.
Jeff Sharp of Marlow Industries notified us of the passing of Raymond Marlow.
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