Marshall Edward Lumsden, a writer and editor for numerous publications, including The Malibu Times, died Nov. 12. He was 88.
Lumsden was born on May 3, 1922 in Ithaca, Mich. He lived and worked on his family’s farm until he was 18, at which time he enlisted in the U.S. Army. After completing the Air Force Advanced Flying School training, he flew as a first lieutenant in World War II. Lumsden received the Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster for his achievements in aerial combat. When he returned from the war, he attended Columbia University where he majored in history.
Following graduation, Lumsden began his career in publication at Life magazine, where he covered events such as civil rights struggles and national election campaigns. Lumsden went on to work for publications such as the Saturday Evening Post , the Los Angeles Times and Human Behavior magazine.
Lumsden enjoyed a variety of hobbies including skiing, tennis, sailing and traveling. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and attended reunions for members of the 324th Fighter Group, the group he flew with during the war, and their families.
Lumsden is survived by his wife Winifred, his daughters Amy McFall, Jane Lumsden-Nakasone and Abigail Lumsden-Horan, step children Deborah Rutter and Ted Rutter, his grandchildren Cedar, Josh, Maurella, Makani, Xini, Nolan, Lacy and Gilligan, his brothers Dick, Don, Norman and Walter, as well as his sister Carol.
The family plans to hold a memorial celebration early next year.