Marvin F. Wilson, former Prince George’s County Council Member and 2001 MACo President, died earlier this week. Mr. Wilson’s many friends and admirers across the local government community mourn his loss, and recall his vision and long commitment to public service.
Mr. Wilson served on the County Council from 1994 to 2002, following many years as a Council Member and Mayor of Glenarden.
From a posted statement by current Prince George’s County Council Member Andrea Harrison, who currently represents the same district as former Council Member Wilson:
Throughout his lifetime of public service, Marvin Wilson was a man of the people, for the people, devoted to serving the needs of others. Whether as community activist serving as Chairman of Citizens for a Better Government or as a member of the Prince George’s County Council, he was a reliable warrior for those he represented and never forgot he was a part of the community he served.
Marvin Wilson was guided in his public service by Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” He combined our courage, hard work, determination and focus, and helped us to propel our Vision to Victory in District 5 and across Prince George’s County. We have only to look at the Marvin F. Wilson Stadium at the Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learning Complex to see a vision that became reality because of his passion, hard work and determination.
Baltimore City Council Member and longtime MACo Board Member Rochelle “Rikki” Spector said, “Marvin was so proud of the things that he had been able to do for the people, and for the children, of his county. He was a wonderful colleague, and I’m so glad to have known him through MACo.”
“As we remember Mr. Wilson, I know many of us will immediately recall his most powerful idea… it was vision.” said MACo Executive Director Michael Sanderson. “He approached things with a vision for what’s right and what’s best, and he trusted his vision. His vision surely benefited the residents of his town, his district, and his county. And I know they benefited our Association members and staff.”