Catherine Marshall LeSourd was born Sarah Catherine Wood September 21, 1914 in Johnson City, TN. Her parents were John Ambrose Wood and Leonora Whitaker Wood. Catherine graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA. In 1936, she married Reverend Peter Marshall and five years later the couple moved to Washington, DC. The Rev. Marshall was pastor of New York Avenue Presbyterian Church and chaplain of the United States Senate from 1947 until his death in 1949.
After Peter’s death Catherine compiled a book of his sermons, Mr. Jones, Meet the Master. She published A Man Called Peter in 1951. The film based on it was released by Twentieth Century Fox in 1955 and was the studio’s biggest hit that year.