Marvin Richard Montney is a prize-winning American poet, novelist, humorous memoirist, playwright, award-winning humorous speaker, published writer and philosopher currently living and writing in California.
As instructor in philosophy, William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, Illinois, and graduate teaching assistant in Western and Asian Philosophy, University of Hawaii-Manoa, he taught some Philosophy of India, Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, and Confucius, as well as Western.
Born in Leavenworth, Washington of third-generation, Anglo-Saxon-French-American descent, migrant farm worker parents, his father eventually becoming a roofer and later owner-operator of his own roofing company, Marvin Richard Montney was raised in Portland, Oregon.
Graduating Cleveland high school as newspaper co-editor, co-valedictorian, and student body president, he ranked nineteenth out of the 116 full-time male students of his Whitman College freshman class, and attended Reed College (B.A., (Western) Philosophy), University of Chicago (A.M., Committee on Ideas and Methods, Western and Philosophy of India specialty), and University of Hawaii (Ph.D./A.B.D./area exam (1985), Western and Comparative Indian philosophy).
He visited ten weeks in Shinjukuku district, Tokyo, Japan. With his high school tennis partner, he was Runners-Up Doubles Champion for the State of Oregon.
Bureau of State Audits deemed him elibible, among 4,546, to enter suppl. applctn. phase of Citizens Redistricting Commission.