|April 14, 2005
Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456 or
Two prominent Bakersfield residents – a physician and a businessman – have been honored as 2005 recipients of the California State University, Bakersfield President’s Medal.
Dr. Robert Marshall and Morgan Clayton were presented their medals Wednesday at CSUB’s annual President’s Associates Dinner at Stockdale Country Club.
Marshall is the vice president of medical affairs at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. Clayton is the president and founder of Tel-Tec Security Systems, Inc.
“It is an honor to present these two fine individuals with the President’s Medal for 2005,” said CSUB President Horace Mitchell. “The medal is awarded for leadership, commitment and service to the community. Their devotion to advancing education and enhancing the quality of life in Kern County is symbolic of this award.”
Dr. Robert Marshall
Robert Marshall has dedicated himself to the field of medicine for more than 40 years. Marshall received his medical degree from University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine in 1965 and completed his internship at Philadelphia General Hospital in 1966.
He served as a doctor in the U.S. Air Force from 1966 to ’68 and was stationed at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver.
Upon finishing is military service, Marshall completed an obstetrics/gynecology residency at the University of Colorado in Denver from 1968 to ’69. At Wadsworth Veterans Hospital in Los Angeles he also completed a general surgery residency from 1969 to ’70, and from 1970 to ’73 an otolaryngology residency – an ear, nose, and throat specialist.
In 1973 he opened a private practice in Bakersfield. After 30 years of service, he retired his practice and became the vice president of medical affairs at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital in January 2004.
Marshall is affiliated with a number of professional organizations including the American Board of Otolaryngology, the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Aesculapians (UCLA School of Medicine). He has also served as past president of the American Cancer Society and the Kern County Medical Society.
Marshall has also continued to emphasize the importance of education in the community and fights for the children in the middle class. He is an alumnus of Taft Union High School and has established an endowed scholarship to promote the educational pursuits of future graduates from Taft Union High who have been admitted to CSUB.
In addition, he is the chair of the CSUB Foundation’s Academic and Student Support Committee, and helped the university secure an interest in a local medical building, which resulted in additional scholarships for CSUB. Marshall also feels it is important to help students from Kern County and provides a variety of scholarships to local students attending a number of universities.
He and his wife, Shirley, have been married for 18 years and share five children between them and seven grandchildren.
Morgan Clayton is a dedicated community builder and a product of the work force. He is the president and founder of Tel-Tec Security Systems, Inc., which has corporate headquarters in Bakersfield. The business offers security services to 37 cities statewide.
Clayton was born and raised in Bakersfield and attended Bakersfield College. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Gloria, for more than 30 years.
He has received various awards and is an executive board member for many civic, social, governmental and business agencies. His service and involvement with others extends from preschoolers to senior citizens. He gives back to the community in any way he can and that is his No. 1 commitment.
He is an active member of the Bakersfield Rotary Club and is on the board of directors for both the Kern County Network for Children and Mercy Hospital. Clayton was honored as the Golden Empire Gleaners’ “Person of the Year” in 1990 and was inducted into the Bakersfield College Alumni Hall of Fame in 2000.
He also strives to work with companies to create collaboration and blend diverse cultures. He has received the African American Network of Kern County Business Award and the Minority Enterprise Development Week Achievement Award for Service.
Clayton has a deep interest in education and serves on the on the board of directors for numerous institutions including the CSUB Foundation Board and the Bakersfield College Foundation Board. He has also established the Clayton Alliance Group, Inc., a public-private venture that fosters an on-going, grassroots education and employment network for youth and adults.
Education is important to the entire Clayton family as well: their three children, Kevin, Tasha, and Tyson, have gone on to attend Pepperdine University and University of California, Santa Barbara.