Siblings used Purdue Chemistry as a launching pad to medical school

10-11-2016

Marshall siblings

(From left) Ryne, Molly and Aaron Marshall celebrate their time in Purdue Chemistry at Sgt. Preston's restaurant in downtown Lafayette.


The Marshall siblings shared more than a home, meals and the occasional spat growing up in Hebron, Indiana. They also shared a passion for science, namely chemistry.

Ryne, Aaron and Molly Marshall excelled in high school and were welcomed at Purdue where all three had strong showings. And all three used Purdue Chemistry as a launching pad to medical school.

“I knew that chemistry, a field that genuinely interested me, could open up some of those doors for me,” Aaron Marshall recalled. “I had to develop that ‘all in’ mentality in order to get into medical school, and though it took me a year or two to embrace this mindset, I finally figured it out during my time in West Lafayette. It served me well during medical school.”

Aaron Marshall just graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine (Indianapolis campus) in May. He is currently in the general surgery program at the University of Louisville School of Medicine to begin a five-year residency. Older brother, Ryne, is a doctor in Seattle. He was the first of the Marshall sibs to graduate from Purdue (‘10). Molly is in her third year of medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine.

A fourth, and youngest Marshall sibling, Hayley, just graduated with a degree from Purdue Biological Sciences and she is currently applying to dental school.

The Marshalls agreed that the rigors of Chemistry classes prepared them for the hard knocks of med school.

“Purdue taught me how to prepare myself as a student,” said Molly Marshall (’13). “The course load in med school can be extremely overwhelming, but I had a great base to build off of. … My chemistry degree was put to use many times throughout my first two years at med school.”

Growing up in a small town, the Marshalls weren’t in the shadows of hospitals and huge medical facilities. It was more corn and soybean fields, but parents Thomas and Glori Marshall, a pharmacist and nurse, respectively, did influence their children.

“Our parents have influenced our career paths by emphasizing the importance of doing well in school since day one,” Molly explained. “When I was in high school, they would say that our ‘job’ was to be a good student.  Having both parents in the medical field did provide insight about the satisfaction in helping people.”

Mr. and Mrs. Marshall’s Purdue allegiance also held sway.

“To me, choosing any school besides Purdue was not an option,” Aaron Marshall (’12) remembered. “I only applied to one school out of high school, and I couldn’t imagine attending any other university. The academic prowess of Purdue speaks for itself -- astronauts, engineers and two Nobel laureates in chemistry -- and some of my fondest memories during my childhood involved watching (Purdue football legend) Drew Brees and (Purdue basketball favorite) Brian Cardinal on game days with my dad and Ryne.”

Each born a couple years apart, the Marshall siblings did not share any classes together at Purdue, but they weren’t too long behind. Aaron Marshall benefited from Ryne Marshall’s guidance and her brothers gave Molly Marshall tips in chemistry classes they did well in.

My brothers' successes have always been a motivating factor for me,” Molly Marshall said. “I look up to them and they have always supported me. We have very similar strengths, and seeing their successes at Purdue helped me see that I could be just as successful there.”

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