CHAMPAIGN – Marvin C. Carbonneau of Champaign died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Marv Carbonneau was born on Aug. 12, 1933, in Chicago, the son of Levis and Theresa Hebel Carbonneau. He was married July 14, 1962, to Beth Morrison in Columbus, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother. Marv is survived by his wife, Beth, and his two daughters, Betsy Carbonneau and Anne Carbonneau (Tom Cross). Also surviving are a brother, Leroy, and a sister, Valeda.
Marv earned a bachelor's and a master's degree from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. degree from The Ohio State University in 1963. As a student at the University of Illinois and Ohio State University, he was a member of Gamma Alpha graduate science fraternity.
Mr. Carbonneau was on the faculty of Ohio State University for four years, working as a Federal Extension Service specialist in ornamental horticulture. In 1963 he joined the faculty at the University of Illinois as a Federal Extension specialist. Dr. Carbonneau served as a longtime adviser to the UI Horticulture Club. For many years, Marv was active in the Illinois State Florist Association and a founder of the Illinois Budding Plant and Pot Plant Schools. Professor Carbonneau was a highly respected coach of the Collegiate Floral Crop Quality and Evaluation Competition sponsored by Pi Alpha Xi.
Dr. Carbonneau was a member and adviser to several professional and honorary societies and received numerous outstanding teaching awards. Marvin Carbonneau was also recognized for his exceptional diagnostic work in commercial floriculture.
Professor Carbonneau retired from the University of Illinois as professor emeritus in 1995. Following retirement, one of his favorite areas of volunteer work was the Food for Seniors program, under RSVP. Marv Carbonneau will be remembered for his sense of fun and joyful zest for life. Memorials can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or to the Developmental Services Center of Champaign.