[This was the last poem Hilda wrote for Spike, who had a stroke in December and died on December 12, 1994.A service was held for him in Berkhamsted and a second one in New York City.He was buried with his sister Ruth and his parents in a family plot in Paterson, New Jersey.]
 Spike was the first secretary of the Provisional International Civil Aviation Organization (PICAO) at its organizing conference in Chicago in 1944.At that time civil aviation was a pioneering field, like software in the 1990s.He was at the organizing conference of the United Nations in San Francisco in 1945, and became an officer of PICAO a year later.It moved to Montreal so all the Marlin children went too.
 After Spike retired from ICAO he became senior director of the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva.
 Upon retirement from UNHCR Spike founded and headed up the International Federation on Ageing.
 Spike and Hilda moved from Washington to Berkhamsted in 1972.
 Spike went to auctions to buy beautiful old wooden frames for very little money, then bought canvases to match the size of the frames!
 They were married in 1932, so they celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary in 1992.
 His name was Mr. Smith but Sheila shortened it to Miffy and it stuck.
 Provisional International Civil Aviation Organization.Once established in Montreal, the “Provisional” prefix was dropped.