Robert Irving Marr ’43

Robert Irving Marr ’43 died on March 20, 2004, in Annapolis, Maryland.

Born on September 28, 1920, in Malden, MA, he prepared for college at Melrose (MA) High School and Bridgton Academy in Maine and became a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity at Bowdoin, which he attended in 1939-40. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1941 and was an enlisted man until 1943, when he was commissioned as ensign. After the end of World War II in 1945, he was for a brief time a civilian before joining the regular Navy, with which he remained until his retirement in 1968 as a captain. He had worldwide experience in destroyers and for large ship duty was gunnery and weapons officer aboard the USS Intrepid. He held four combatant commands and was commander of a guided missile destroyer division. He also served as project manager for the Inshore Warfare Project under the Naval Material Command in Washington, as executive officer of the Norfolk Naval School Command, involving 2,000 students, and as an instructor in the Navy’s Combat Information Center in Boston, where he coached the First Naval District football team. After his retirement from the Navy in 1968, he became general manager of the offshore and ocean towing division of Tidewater Marine Company in Morgan City, LA, and was senior management engineer for a consulting firm in Washington, DC, before becoming manager of facilities and operations at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, MD. He was a member of the Masons, the Retired Officers Association, and the Naval Academy Sailing Association. He was married in 1942 to Priscilla Piltz, who died in 1992, and is survived by his second wife, Marilyn G. Marr, whom he married in 1994; two sons, Edward L. Marr II of Spring Hill, FL, and Robert I. Marr, Jr. of Wildwood, MO; a daughter, Suzanne D. Skinner of Arnold, MD; and six grandchildren.