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Marvin grew up in Oregon.  He joined the United States Air Force in 1963 and served honorably until 1967, serving in Texas and Germany.

1967 was a landmark year:  He was discharged from the Air Force, began his education at South Western Oregon Community College, and married his first and only wife, Rebecca.

In 1970 he graduated from the University of Oregon and won a fellowship to Rice University.

While finishing his doctoral thesis at Rice, he taught as an instructor at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.

Upon receiving his PhD in 1975, Marvin took a position teaching political science at Louisiana State University – Shreveport. Upon achieving tenure and promotion to Associate Professor, he resigned and enrolled in the University of Kansas School of Law where he graduated in 1984.

In 1984 he began the private practice of law in Leavenworth County with the Chapman and Waters law firm.  While in Leavenworth County he served as the city attorney for the City of Lansing, Kansas.  In 1988 he went to work for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment where he served for a time as Director of the Office of Legal Services.

During that time, he was very active in the Kansas Public Health Association, where he served two years as president.  He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Preventative Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

In 1998, he left KDHE and spent two years as a professional public speaker, in 2000, however he became Assistant Director of the University of Kansas Public Management Center.

In addition to his professional activities Dr. Stottlemire is an accomplished amateur actor, appearing in community theater productions throughout the region.  He has been a member of Topeka Civic Theatre’s Laughing Matters Improv Comedy Company for eighteen years and is the founder of Topeka Civic Theatre’s Senior Class, an improv comedy company made up entirely of actors over age 55, celebrating it’s 10th year anniversary this year.

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