Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Alumni Obituaries

Deacon Marshall Banks

Rev. Mr. Marshall D., M.D., 78, of Richmond, passed away March 11, 2018.
Marshall "Billy" was born on December 29, 1939, the tenth of 11
children of Willie J. Sr. and Corrine E. Banks in Richmond and was the product
of the Richmond Public School System. He graduated from Maggie L. Walker High
School and was ranked third in his class in 1958. He played on the baseball
team and was president of the National Honor Society.

Enrolling at Virginia
Union University (VUU), he was awarded the Bachelor of Science degree in 1962,
majoring in chemistry with minors in mathematics and biology. He was initiated
as a member of the Alpha Gamma Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. in
the Spring of 1960. After graduating from VUU, he entered Howard University,
pursuing a master's degree in chemistry. Returning to Richmond, he became the
Biochemical Research Technician for the Clinical Research Center at the Medical
College of Virginia. 

It was there at MCV that he acquired an interest in
medicine as a career. While working at MCV, he was also a full-time high school
teacher at his alma mater, Maggie Walker High School, where he taught
chemistry. He enrolled at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. and
received his Doctor of Medicine Degree in 1970. Two weeks after graduation, he
married the love and sunshine of his life, Kathy L. Dyer, also a native of

They traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii, where Billy completed a surgical
internship at Saint Francis Hospital and two years as a General Surgical
Resident at the University Of Hawaii School of Medicine. While in Hawaii, they
were blessed with their first son, Marshall D. II "Primo." Kathy,
Billy and Primo left Hawaii and began a residency in urological oncology at
Roswell Park Memorial Institute, the oldest cancer hospital in the United
States, located in Buffalo, N.Y. He later completed his urological residency at
Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Mich. In Michigan, they
were blessed with two more sons, Martainn D. and Matthieu D. 

Completing his
residency in urology, he joined the academic staff at Wayne State University
School of Medicine as a full-time assistant professor of urology and rose to
the rank of associate professor. He taught the medical students there at Wayne
State and instructed residents' surgical techniques in the operating room at
Wayne State and the University of Michigan School Of Medicine. He left the
academic environment and returned to Richmond to open a private practice in
adult and pediatric urology. 

In 1998, he began studying Catholic Theology and
in 2003, received a Bachelor of Catholic Theology from St. Meinrad Archabbey
College and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, Ind. He was ordained a permanent
Deacon in the Diocese of Richmond by Bishop Walter Francis Sullivan in 2003 and
was assigned to the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, where he served until his
death. In 2006, he retired from his urology practice to devote more time to his
diaconate duties as a permanent Deacon. 

He preached, baptized, performed the
Rite of Matrimony and presided at funerals and other responsibilities that were
assigned to him. 

He held membership in numerous organizations, including the
American Urology Association, Detroit Surgical Society, Richmond Academy of
Medicine, Old Dominion Medical Society, Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree Bernard
J. Quinn Council #11710 (Charter Member), Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Msgr.
John J. McMahon Assembly #2205 and Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Cathedral of
the Sacred Heart Assembly #3677 (Charter Member), Central Vicariate of the Diocese
of Richmond, Knight of the Middle Atlantic Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order
Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem and a Grand Chapter Life Member of his beloved
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