The Words of the Frothingham Family

In Memoriam Marshall Buxton Frothingham

March 5, 1986

Marshall Frothingham's numerous activities in the Unification Church spanned the years from 1968 to 1986. Elder American church members have vivid memories of his cheerful contributions to early pioneering work, and the staff of the New York City Tribune fondly recall his loyal participation in the first years of the newspaper. Fellow families of the 1800 Couples Blessing treasure his dedication to the cause of unity, especially among blessed families.

Although he was never known to complain of his suffering, Marshall's entire life since babyhood was made difficult by chronic bronchial asthma, at times so severe as to make for a day-to-day struggle for survival. However, he chose not to be pampered, but instead always went out of his way to help others, even beyond the apparent limits imposed by a frail body, and always with effervescent good humor.

In the early hours of March 5, 1986, Marshall succumbed to one final attack of asthma at his home in the World Mission Center, where he lived with his wife Gloria and their one-year-old son Stephen Patrick. His Seunghwa ceremony was held in New York City, where President Mose Durst, Rev. Ken Sudo, and several other members gave moving testimonies to his stamina, his faith, and his example of fearlessness. All who were close to him share a sense of victory and joy in Marshall's Seunghwa. It is already clear that he will continue to work devotedly for the providence, as a testimony to the triumph of the living spirit. 

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