Ed, a former member of William James College's Board of Trustees, is a retired electrical engineer and computer scientist, and the former CEO of CSP, Inc., a company he founded in 1969. Marilyn, a former organic chemist, at age 50 entered doctoral studies at William James College and graduated from the school in 1985. "William James College was a very nurturing experience for me," says Marilyn, "and we wanted to give back to the field." The Cohler's Scholarship Fund at William James College was created in 1990 to benefit second and third year William James College students. Homage to education began early with the Cohlers. Ed comes from a family of educators; his father was associate superintendent of schools in Chicago, and his mother, an English teacher, developed the English curriculum for the State of Illinois. While schooling for Marilyn's mother stopped after the eighth grade, her European Russian father had not gone even that far, but was capable of speaking several languages. "My father would say to me," comments Marilyn, "they can take everything from you, but they can't take your education."