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Paullin awarded with honorary MHS diploma

January 11, 2014
Aiddy Phomvisay, Marshalltown High School principal, left, is shown presenting Dale Paullin of Marshalltown with an honorary MHS diploma at a special ceremony at the Villa del Sol Friday. Phomvisay said Paullin earned the degree because he had moved from Marshalltown at a young age, but had remained “a life long learner” and thereby exemplified other MHS graduates.
Paullin, 90, said he was thrilled with the honor. “I’m proud to be a Marshalltonian today,” he said.
Witnessing the ceremony were Paullin’s friends and fellow Villa del Sol residents.
Paullin had an extensive show business career billed as Paul Dale. He appeared in the film “It’s a Small World,” among others. Additionally, he was a tap dancer and sang as a tenor and a soprano. During his career, Paullin periodically returned to Marshalltown to visit family and to appear as a guest star with the County Marshalls band as part of KFJB’s “Barn Dance,” program performed live at the Coliseum. Paullin left school early to pursue that career.
A display of memorabilia from Paullin’s life and show business career is on display at the Historical Society of Marshall County museum, 202 E. Church St.


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