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Archaeologist Marsh Dies

Published: August 02, 2005

Robert Gordon “Bob” Marsh, a 1966 University of Tampa graduate and official Hernando County archaeologist for 32 years, died in his home on April 4. He was 81.

Marsh also was a well-known educator, having taught social studies courses and served in administrative positions at Hernando County high schools from 1970 until his retirement in 1986. He also taught part-time at Pasco-Hernando Community College from 1973 until 2004.

A native of Warren, OH, Marsh enlisted in the Air Force after graduating from high school in 1941. He subsequently fought in the Italian and African campaigns in World War II. After the war, he remained until 1953 to work in Italy, where he also studied at the University of Rome.

He returned to the United States in 1954, completing his bachelor’s degree at UT in 1966 and a master’s degree at the University of South Florida in 1974. He also had studied at California’s University of Santa Clara in 1973 under a National Science Grant. He taught social studies and coached junior varsity basketball at King High School in Tampa from 1966-70, the year he relocated to Hernando County.

As an archaeologist, Marsh participated in numerous excavations in Florida, including a project sponsored by the National Geographic Society. His work as Hernando County historian was among a body of volunteer service that also included helping to establish the Little Red Schoolhouse Library, chairing a task force for drafting the county’s comprehensive plan, and sitting on the boards of the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council and the Hernando Association of Retarded Persons, for whom he volunteered as a grant writer.

Also known for being an activist for the environment, Marsh served on the Hernando County Environmentally Sensitive Land Committee from its inception until last year.

Marsh is survived by his wife, Kathleen Kirkman Marsh, a sister, a son and daughter, a stepson and stepdaughter, and several nephews, nieces and grandchildren.

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