Worked on Apollo Mission heat shield; held several patents

PEABODY — David W. Marshall, 82, of Peabody, formerly of North Reading and Reading, died Monday, August 2, 2021, at Brooksby Village, after a lengthy illness. He was the loving husband of the late Bette (Clark) Marshall.

Born in Stoneham on October 5, 1938, he was the son of David and Eileen Marjorie (Baker) Marshall.

He graduated from Reading High School and later received several degrees from MIT. During his career he worked on the heat shield for the Apollo Mission. He also held several patents for specialty materials. He worked at AVCO, Key Polymer, Kennecott Copper and Textron. David was a 50-plus year resident of North Reading and a member of the Union Congregational Church.

David enjoyed gardening, especially growing roses and sunflowers. He played tennis and enjoyed cards (casino), cribbage, reading and hiking. He loved to travel to the White Mountains and loved science and math. He belonged to the Forestry Committee, the Society of Plastics Engineers and The Society of Sigma Xi 1961.

Family members include his loving sons, David S. Marshall and his wife Melinda and James C. Marshall and his loving daughter, Laura (Marshall) Beaulieu and her husband Timothy, along with eight treasured grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Marjorie Marshall.

His funeral service will be held at the Union Congregational Church, 148 Haverhill St., North Reading on Tuesday, August 17 at 11 a.m. Visitation will be on Monday, August 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Peabody.

Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Association. To send a message of condolences please visit