Albion Interactive History / People / Marion Reynolds

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Albion Interactive History / People / Starr Commonwealth

Marion LeRoy Reynolds
Commonwealth History Teacher


In 1955 a young man named Marion LeRoy Reynolds joined the Starr staff as a history teacher. It was not long before Reynolds’ administrative abilities led him out of the classroom. Inn 1957 the Board ofTrustees appointed him the “coordinator of the educational, social services and home life departments of the school.”From such a promotion, it is obvious Starr felt that in Reynolds he had found a competent candidate for the presidency. Indeed, their relationship prospered, for in 1960 he tookthe young man with him on a twenty-five day tour of the Holy Land.

Surely then, it came as not surprise the following year when Starr appointed Reynolds to serve with him as “General Manager” of the Commonwealth. Whereas the founder retained the titleof president and the power of veto on major issues, it was now obvious that he was directingReynolds towards the headship of the institution.

In March 1964, Lee Reynolds announced that he had decided to resign his position so that he might pursue doctoral studies at the Michigan state University School of Social Work at East Lansing. Starr had to admit that the decision was a wise one for an ambitious young man of his ability, and he did not seek to dissuade him.

Source: Keith Fennimore. Faith Made Visible: The History of Floyd Starr and His School. Albion, Michigan: Starr Commonwealth. 1988.

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