Marguerite R. “Margo” Carlin was born in Fort Pierce, Florida, in 1917. After graduating from the Massey Business School in Jacksonville, she began a long career in business. She and her husband, Dr. Leslie O. Carlin, settled in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, in 1948. Margo was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution, serving as a State Regent in the Michigan Society. She was named to the Michigan American Revolution Bicentennial Commission in July 1972 by Governor William Milliken. Margo was a member of the Heritage Committee of the Commission.
Leslie Carlin was a guidance counselor in the Central Michigan University (CMU) Counseling Center from 1948 to 1981. Margo served as a residence hall housemother at CMU from 1948 to 1967. The Carlins lived in the University’s residence halls for 25 years.
The relationships the Carlins built with students were an important part of many students’ educational experiences and lives. They took tours of CMU students abroad for many years. Some of the trips documented here include China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Uganda. Les taught a mandatory orientation class for all students, providing both academic and social counseling. In retirement he continued to teach, volunteer, and counsel at CMU.
The Carlins traveled widely to all 50 states and more than 150 countries. The CMU Alumni House is named in their honor. Margo died in 1991 and Les in 2002. In 2004 the Dr. Leslie O. Carlin Scholarship was established to provide support for deserving students with financial need. The endowment totaled nearly $420,000. (This information is from the collection and CMU’s Viewpoint magazine, March 2004.)
The Michigan American Revolution Bicentennial Commission (MARBC) was established to prepare a program commemorating the bicentennial of American Independence. The Commission planned, encouraged, developed and coordinated bicentennial observance and activities throughout Michigan. It also provided financial assistance to local projects through a matching grant program. The Commission was divided into several sub-committees: Executive, Heritage, Horizons and Festival, among others. (This information is from the collection.)