NORWICH – “Being a leader is not what they call you, it’s what they see you do.”
That’s what Dan Marshman used to say, according to some of those close to him. Today, those words are inscribed on the agricultural leadership award named after the fifth generation Oxford dairy farmer, who passed away unexpectedly in 2001.
Like his motto, friends say it was Marshman’s actions – as a farm advocate, proponent of education and active community leader – that’ve made his life, and memory, so important.
“(Dan) was not glitzy. His hands were always work hands,” said friend and fellow Oxford resident Dave Emerson. “He was an all around guy who cared passionately about growing people; about helping people develop to become better business people in agriculture.”