A. Townsend Marshall
11696 S. Golden Valley Dr.
Empire, Michigan, United States
Home page: http://www.threadofdecency.info
A. Townsend Marshall was born in Detroit, Michigan. He grew up on the far east side of
the city, where he attended Catholic grade school and high school, before attending the
University of Michigan in the early sixties. He received a B.S. degree in Engineering. Al
was a rare engineer at the time, having elected English as his engineering curriculum
electives. He wrote technical articles for the Engineering College publication, the
Michigan Technic. After graduation from Michigan, Al spent the first part of his career as a
gas turbine performance engineer with a Detroit-based company. He married Marina
while attending the University of Detroit during the evenings, working toward his MBA.
With an MBA degree in hand and a strong emerging interest in computing systems, Al
moved from engineering into information systems. He has progressed in that field for
over thirty years.
His first novel, Thread of Decency, draws, in part, on his experience in the industry, which
includes implementation of major computing systems in functional areas of engineering,
manufacturing, finance, general business, and most recently eBusiness initiatives. Al has
been a leader in defining major corporate information technology directions, systems
strategies, and the development of large and small organizations in their successful
implementation. He is also a GE Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
Al has been married to Marina for over thirty-four years, has two grown children, and one
grandson. He and Marina enjoy woodworking, photography, spending quality time with
family and close friends, as well as time together in Northern Michigan. Al also enjoys
writing and has two other works in progress.
Interests: woodworking, photography
Published writer: Yes