Marvin E. Purk
Whatever Happened to Marvin E. Purk?
of one of Dayton Ohio's native sons, Marvin E. Purk, highlights his
family history, his seven years spent as a young man in California,
and his over thirty years as a significant contributor to the
growing city of Dayton during the mid-twentieth century.
Marvin E. Purk held numerous and increasingly
responsible positions in the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, from
his early days in the early 40's as a member of the Junior Chamber,
to nine years as Chief Executive Officer of the Senior Chamber. His
accomplishments were numerous and significant. Mr. Purk served as
local liaison for the planning which resulted in the construction
of the Kettering Medical Center, conducted studies which led to the
creation of the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, to the
location of the Sinclair Community College, and was instrumental in
the establishment of the Hospital Planning Council, the expansion
of the University of Dayton, the construction of the Interstate
Defense Highway System in the Dayton area, the formation of the
Human Relations Council, and in convincing (with the help of Sen.
Robert Dole, the Ohio delegation and others) President Nixon to
cancel the move of the Foreign Technology Division from
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
When appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber
of Commerce in 1962, the Dayton
Daily News stated in an
editorial, "He displays a rare grasp of broad and complicated
problems, an industrious and incisive mind, and a flair for getting
along with people ... and he is the quiet sort who gets things
Documentation includes a 21-page book, with 8
Originally submitted by: Tony P. Hall, Representative (3rd District).
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