Island in-laws delighted by Marshall's nomination
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Island in-laws delighted by Marshall’s nomination


Several Honolulu families today happily heard the news they’d been expecting for days — the nomination of Thurgood Marshall to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mrs. Marshall is the former Cecilia Suyat — one of the eight children of Juan Suyat, 1814 Hau Street.

Her father, brothers and sisters are hoping that the justice nominee, his wife and their two children still will come to Hawaii as planned in August for the American Bar Association convention.

"That was the plan according to the last letter," said Claudio Suyat, youngest brother of Mrs., Marshall.

Mrs. Marshall was born on Maui when the Suyat family lived at Puunene.

She attended Puunene School and was graduated from Baldwin High in 1945.

She worked for the Veterans Administration in Honolulu before leaving for New York in 1947 to attend business school.

She began working for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, subsequently met Marshall and married him in New York in 1955.

The family now lives at 64-A G Street Southwest in Washington D.C.

Two of Mrs. Marshall’s sisters live in Honolulu. They are Mrs. Phillip Acoba, 1048-A Koko Head Avenue, and Mrs. Catalino Marzo, 1814 Hau Street.

One brother, Donald, is a master sergeant stationed in Korea.

Another, Albert, is a Civil Service worker on Guam.

A sister, Mrs. Horace (Florence) Bonner, is a school teacher and lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

The youngest brother, Claudio, is vice principal at McKinley High School.

Today Claudio recalled meeting Marshall on the Mainland a few years ago and said, "You know, he loves cowboy movies."

Mrs. Marshall and the two children, Thurgood, Jr., and John, last visited Honolulu in 1965.


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