Carol Marvel has a love for the arts. A member of the Lodi Community Band since the early '60s, Marvel was also one of the charter members appointed to the Lodi Arts Commission. And, she was a member of the Tokay Players, a small local theater group. She feels music is the key to real life, the thing that gives us pleasure.
"When I'm in band rehearsal, I don't worry about any other problems in the world," she said.
For her contributions in community service, Marvel was named to the Lodi Community Hall of Fame.
Other inductees this year include Jerry Fry, manager of Mohr-Fry Ranches, Inc., for contributions in agriculture; Barbara McWilliams, former owner of Poser's TV and Radio, for community service; Richard Jones, president and CEO of the Lodi Boys and Girls Club, for community service; Bert Bulkin, a retired director of scientific space programs, for his contributions in government; and Guy Wakefield, a former high school teacher, who was chosen posthumously for his contributions in education.
In addition to playing for the Lodi Community Band, Marvel has also served as a past president and now is currently the secretary of the board of directors. Through the years, the band was challenged with finding a place to rehearse. While serving as president, the responsibility fell to Marvel.
"Carol's fellow Community Band members actually credit Carol in keeping the band alive some time ago as it struggled through lean years," said Pat Patrick, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, in a previous News-Sentinel story about Marvel.
Her other contributions to the community include the Friday Nite Live series at Hutchins Street Square, where she served as a volunteer usher; the Lodi Veterans Plaza Foundation, where she served as the secretary for nine years; the Lodi High School Senior Project program, where she served as a judge for two years; the Hill House Museum, where she was a trustee; and worked as a volunteer and the Lodi Garden Club, where she served as the scholarship chairman for 10 years. She was also a co-chairman for the Lodi Centennial Task Force, served for five years on the San Joaquin County election board and was a member of the Lodi Newcomers Club for many years.
"She has been so active in so many ways in the community," said Alice Reimche, who nominated her. "She's always willing to join in and work where she sees the need."
Marvel's future includes yet another endeavor. Currently, she is working to spread awareness about the Community Blind Center, which recently opened in Lodi.
"We need awareness in the community of things a blind center can do for people. There are lots who need help," she said.
Marvel was raised in San Francisco and then graduated from Stanford University in 1946 with a degree in municipal administration. Since 1961, she has lived in Lodi, where she was employed as a librarian for many years at the Lodi Public Library. Following her retirement, she worked part-time for the Lodi City Clerk's office. She has three sons and one daughter.
Reimche feels Marvel is always dependable and that she reflects the meaning of the Hall of Fame award.
"The whole purpose of the award is for people like her who make our community special," she said.
The Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Lodi Boys and Girls Club. Inductees will be honored at a dinner and program scheduled for Oct. 11 at the Boys and Girls Club, 1050 S. Stockton St. Tickets are $45 and maybe purchased by calling the club at 334-2697.