FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Bill Marshall, a great Southern Baptist educator and supporter of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, passed away Oct. 23 due to complications from pneumonia. Marshall played a critical role in bringing theological studies to San Antonio with the development of Southwestern’s extension campus in 1976. The San Antonio extension is named the William R. Marshall Center for Theological Studies because of his many years of dedicated service.
Rudy Gonzalez, dean of the William R. Marshall Center for Theological Studies said Marshall considered the naming of the center “an honor he did not deserve. … Bill Marshall was a gentle man who loved the Lord and loved all people.”
Marshall was an active Southern Baptist leader, serving both the local church and denominational life as a Sunday school teacher, deacon and member of executive boards of the Baptist General Convention of Texas and the San Antonio Baptist Association. A native of San Antonio, he was passionate about advancing theological education, especially for Hispanic pastors.
After 25 years of experience in academic administration, Marshall became the director of the seminary’s San Antonio Extension Center in the mid-1980s. Under his directorship, he was able to advance the education of many South Texas preachers who could not afford to be trained in Fort Worth. By joining operations with the Hispanic Baptist Theological School, he was able to turn a school that only offered undergraduate degrees into a seminary with master’s level education.
His dynamic personality and passion for the Lord drew the highest numbers of recruiting and graduating students to date. Though Marshall retired in 2000, he continued to recruit students to Southwestern Seminary’s extension center in his hometown.
Marshall is survived by two daughters, Susan and Angie. His wife, Nell, of 55 years, went to be with the Lord earlier this year. Visitation will be held on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Mission Park Burial Park South in San Antonio. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, at First Baptist Church of San Antonio.