Work in Marlboro: A community History Project
John MacArthur:Science Professor
Production Team: Alex, Colby and Nicolai.
I John MacArthur moved to Marlboro from Newfane, VT in 1951. He has been living in Marlboro with his wife, Margaret, for the past 55 years. John moved to Marlboro because it was closer to his work at Marlboro College. He was born in 1923 and is 83 years old.
When he was a child, John was very curious and was always asking questions. He did okay in school. He never liked sports. John always knew he wanted to be a physicist. He spent two years at the University of Chicago, and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. John graduated and got a PhD from the University of Toronto. After that, he was in the Navy during World War II. He spent ten years in college before becoming a professor.
John MacArthur has been teaching at Marlboro College since 1948, when the College was founded. He has taught physics and astronomy. Though he is basically retired, he is now teaching about the climate and global warming. John took the job at Marlboro College when he heard it was in Vermont because he loved the State and had always wanted to live here. He has remained a professor because he likes the students and the College itself. When people ask him, "Don't you get bored of the same old job?!" John says, "The job is never the same. The students are always changing."