Marjorie Bradford Melville was born in Mexico of American parents in 1930 and entered the Maryknoll order in 1949.
In 1954, she was assigned to Guatemala where she taught students from elementary to university levels. Melville worked with university students on labor and literacy issues and was expelled in 1967 for involvement in the "internal politics" of the country. She left the Maryknolls and married former priest Thomas Melville in Mexico in 1968.
The Melvilles returned to the United States in 1968 to work to change U.S. Latin American policy. She became involved with the Catonsville Nine as a way to bring attention to the plight of the people of Guatemala and sought to draw parallels between U.S. actions in Latin America and Southeast Asia.
One of the first to enter the Selective Service office on May 17, her job was to prevent the clerks from telephoning for help before others grabbed the files.
After serving prison time for her part in the raid, she earned a PhD and became head of Chicano Studies at University of California, Berkeley. The author of several books and articles, Dr. Melville retired from Berkeley as Associate Dean in 1995. The Melvilles currently live in Mexico.