School of Journalism celebrates opening of Marvin L. Stone Reading Room

A ribbon cutting Oct. 19 marked the official opening of the Marvin L. Stone Reading Room, located inside the Parthenon newsroom in Smith Hall. Terry Stone, Marvin Stone’s widow, was on hand to cut the ribbon.

“He would be so proud,” she said of her late husband as she addressed the crowd.

Marvin Stone was a 1947 Marshall alumnus, graduating from the School of Journalism. He was best known as Editor-in-Chief of U.S. News & World Report, and had a career in journalism that spanned 40 years.

The Marvin L. Stone Reading Room has many items on display, including some of his papers and personal items. Those include letters from Presidents Jimmy Carter, George Bush and Ronald Reagan, and press credentials that gave Stone access to many major events. Students can access Stone digital archives from the reading room.

The newsroom was packed with students, staff, faculty and guests, including Marvin L. Stone’s cousin, Michael Clark, and his daughter, Jamie Stone, for the ribbon cutting. The reading room formerly was used by journalism broadcast students for editing.

“The students are curious about the room back here,” said Dr. George Arnold, a former MU journalism professor and colleague of Stone’s. “They want to know more about Marvin Stone.”

And they will, said Janet Dooley, interim dean of the School of Journalism.

“We, as professors, can tell the stories, but here, with gifts from the Stone family and several items lent from the (Marvin) Stone collection (in the Drinko Library), we’re surrounded by only a few of the markers of his career and life. His legacy becomes very real and tangible to visitors.”

Terry Stone said her husband was very dedicated to Marshall.

“I think it was the fact that he learned so much and he was appreciated so much, even as a student,” she said. “He was a typical newsman and I reveled in the fact that he knew people, helped people and did what he wanted to do. It just made me very proud of him.”


Photo: Terry Stone cuts the ribbon to officially open the Marvin L. Stone Reading Room at Marshall University.