“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Gainesville in Alachua County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Robert Marston Science Library

Robert Marston Science Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, May 31, 2019
1. Robert Marston Science Library Marker
Inscription.  Born in 1923, Robert Quaries Marston was raised and educated in Virginia. At only 20 he earned a bachelor's degree from the Virginia Military Institute, followed by an M.D. from the Medical College of Virginia. A Rhodes Scholar, he distinguished himself through his explorations into the role of infection after whole body irradiation. Thanks to his stellar research skills, Marston was awarded a Markle Foundation grant for gifted practitioners; this led to appointments on the faculties of the Medical College of Virginia and the University of Minnesota. He was well-known for his successful oversight of the desegregation of the medical center at the University of Mississippi. As the medical school's director and dean, he set new national standards for the peaceful integration of academic health centers. In 1974, Dr. Marston brought his commitment to academic research to the University of Florida when he became the University's seventh president. During his presidency, the University enjoyed significant growth in academic quality, research activity, and reputation. Thanks in no small part to his efforts, the University of Florida is now one of the
Robert Marston Science Library Marker in front of library image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, May 31, 2019
2. Robert Marston Science Library Marker in front of library
three most academically comprehensive universities in the nation. Dr. Marston's commitment to the student population of UF endured even after his retirement in 1984, as he returned to the faculty to work with graduate students and presented papers on medicine, fisheries, and aquaculture. He passed away in Gainesville on March 14, 1999.

The Marston Science Library was founded in 1987 in recognition of Dr. Marston's generous contributions to the University. It is well known for the sculpture "Alachua," which decorates the building's southwest corner.
Erected by University of Florida.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationScience & Medicine.
Location. 29° 38.898′ N, 82° 20.625′ W. Marker is in Gainesville, Florida, in Alachua County. Marker is on Newell Drive just south of Stadium Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 444 Newell Drive, Gainesville FL 32608, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Florida Extension (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); African Studies (about 500 feet away); Florida 4-H (about 600 feet away); IFAS (about 600 feet away); Walker Hall (about 800

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feet away); University of Florida Historic Campus (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bryan Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gatorade's Birthplace (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gainesville.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 29, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 29, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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