Marvin Schiller

April 13, 1940August 18, 2013

MARVIN SCHILLER April 13, 1940 – August 18, 2013 Marvin was born in Miami, Florida to Florence and David Schiller. He is survived by his three sisters and a brother.

Marvin received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami. He received a J.D. from Duke University School of Law and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

A highly-regarded employment law attorney, Marvin assisted North Carolinians for over 35 years. He was a founding member of the Raleigh law firm, Schiller & Schiller, PLLC with his wife, Carol Masters Schiller. Along with Raleigh attorney G. Eugene Boyce, Marvin protected state disability benefits for about 7,000 disabled teachers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, and other state and local government workers. With Gastonia attorney William E. Moore, Jr., Marvin protected an employee’s right to notify supervisors about illegal conduct in the workplace and to cooperate with safety investigations. Marvin recovered, pro bono, Horace Williams endowment funds in the amount of $6.3 million for UNC-CH philosophy students. A devoted family man, Marvin took care of his late wife, Carol, through her nine year battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. In 2008, Marvin established the Carol Masters Schiller Distinguished Scholar of Neurology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill. Marvin showed remarkable strength and perseverance during the last three (3) years of his life, following an accident that left him quadriplegic. His optimism was unparalleled. Surviving are: son David Garrett Schiller & wife Kathryn Heilman Schiller; daughter Stacey Schiller Roper & husband Matthew Price Roper; & grandchildren Noah Alexander Schiller, Ilse Caroline Schiller, Mason Garrett Little & Wade Davis Little, all of Raleigh, North Carolina. The family is grateful for Marvin’s caretakers over the last three (3) years who have forever become a part of the Schiller family: Jeffrey Williams and George Williams of Raleigh, NC. A memorial service will be held 4:00 p.m. Thursday, August 22, 2013 at Brown Wynn Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27609. Rabbi Pinchas Herman will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service. Marvin will be reunited with his wife Carol at the Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery near Loganville, Georgia. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Carol Masters Schiller PSP Research Fund, UNC School of Medicine, Post Office Box 7025, Chapel Hill, NC 27599. Arrangements by Brown Wynn Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27609.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 22, 2013

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January 18, 2014

I went to Miami High with Marvin,and just read of his passing in the Alumni News.May I just add that I never forgot him,or what a lovely person he was.So sorry for your loss.
Berna Chasan Nitzberg

Norman Lustig

October 29, 2013

My sincere regrets at Marvin's passing. We were neighbors and playmates for many years in Miami, and I always liked him personally and envied his athletic prowess.

We had a delightful 1.5 hour telephone conversation several years ago when he called me out of the blue after 50 years.

Joyce Slaughter

September 20, 2013

Please accept my condolences for your loss; I read that he was to be buried at Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church, Walton Co., GA. I, too, have relatives buried there dating back to the 1830's or so. And I am wondering if we are related: my grandfather's sister, Lula Forrester, married Stephen Wilson Garrett (both are buried at Shiloh) and in the 1910 and 1930 US Federal Census, they have a daughter Mary L. Garrett. Again, please accept my smypathies for your loss. I'll be at this cemetery in Oct. for a dedication ceremomy for my G, grandfather. I'll look up your parents and say a prayer for all.

Tom Worth

August 28, 2013

I was saddened to learn upon my return from vacation of Marvin's passing.

Although our paths had not crossed for several years I remember him fondly as a very able attorney.

Lisa RN

August 28, 2013

I am sorry to learn the passing of Mr Schiller, I had the honor of being on of his nurses in the home, he was always very nice to talk with. Jeffery did an awesome job with him. RIP, prayers to the family

Marvin Baida

August 24, 2013

Brings back great memories growing up in Miami with the Schiller family.

Ted Baida

August 24, 2013

As a neighbor of the Schiller family growing up in Miami in the 50's I was saddened to read of Marvin's passing.
I wish express my condolences to the entire family -- especially to Herb. Although Marvin's younger brother, Herb, and I played together as little boys I do recall his brother and parents, and being in their home many times. Marvin, along with my older brother Marvin, were the same age, as was Herb and I. My love and sympathy goes out to Herb and the extended families.

Bill Lawton

August 23, 2013

I have known Marvin for MANY years, probably more years than either of us would like mentioned. Most of our associations have been professional, but I considered him my friend (and I hope he felt the same way). He was a fine friend, and helper when I needed one. He had a ready smile and never seemed bored or bothered when I asked him for advice on any matter I was handling. Marvin personified the word "professionalism". I remember him as a gentleman, a scholar, an able advisor who always had time for me. The picture in the paper is EXACTLY how I will remember him. It beautifully captures the smile that was always present in my dealings with Marvin. As we both matured as lawyers, his practice and the direction of mine took us different ways. I considered him a brother-in-the-law and will miss him. I deeply regret I had to miss the memorial service, but I was filling in for an unavailable judge in Greenville and did not get back to Raleigh till 7 p.m. on Thursday. Please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences to all of the family. He will be missed by all his professional brothers and sisters. Bill Lawton

Ashmead Pipkin

August 22, 2013

We are very sorry for your loss. Marvin had a full and productive life. However, in his later years he was faced with many burdens, He bore those burdens courageously and without self-pity or complaint. His spirit in the face of such adversity is an example for us all. We will all miss Marvin greatly.
We would also like to commend Helen, Jeffrey and the others who faithfully helped Marvin through difficult days. Best Regards, Margie, Andy and Ash Pipkin, Raleigh NC

Carol Speas

August 22, 2013

Your father was a kind, caring, and generous man who came to the aid of those in need. I am one of many thankful for his assistance. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss.