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Ex-chairman of Marvin Windows

September 03, 2009|Times Staff and Wire Reports

William Marvin, 92, the former president and chairman of Marvin Windows and Doors responsible for its growth into a major manufacturer, died Monday at his home in Warroad, Minn., the company said. A cause of death was not given.

After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Marvin returned to Warroad in 1939 and went to work for his father at what was then the Marvin Lumber and Cedar Co.

Marvin pushed to expand the company into the window and door business, and it eventually became one of the largest of its kind in the world. He assumed the company's presidency and chairmanship in 1960.

A year later, the factory burned down and Marvin chose to rebuild in Warroad, a northwestern Minnesota town just south of the Canadian border, where he was born Aug. 25, 1917.

Most recently he served as honorary chairman of the firm.

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