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Tallahassee in Leon County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Dr. J. Stanley Marshall

President, Florida State University

 

— 1969-1976 —

 
Dr. J. Stanley Marshall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 2, 2021
1. Dr. J. Stanley Marshall Marker
Inscription.  Dr. J. Stanley Marshall came to Florida State University in 1958 from the State University of New York at Cortland, where he held a professorship in physics. His first assignment was to establish a department of science education and to design programs to educate secondary school teachers in the sciences.

He consulted widely in science education, principally in the Middle East and was recognized nationally and internationally for his accomplishments, including the elite designation as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Marshall served as dean of the School of Education and executive vice president before his appointment as president. His presidency coincided with a period of radical student protests.

His campus leadership was most notable for advancing racial integration.

Following his presidency he remained active in higher education, including service on the Florida State University Board of Trustees and the Florida Board of Governors.
 
Erected 2014 by Florida State University.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education

Dr. J. Stanley Marshall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 2, 2021
2. Dr. J. Stanley Marshall Marker
Marshall Statue & HCB Classroom Building in background.
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Science & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1958.
 
Location. 30° 26.606′ N, 84° 17.823′ W. Marker is in Tallahassee, Florida, in Leon County. Marker can be reached from Learning Way 0.2 miles east of Varsity Drive. Marker and statue are located in Marshall Plaza, on the north side of the HCB Classroom Building near the Florida State University Legacy Walk. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 989 Learning Way, Tallahassee FL 32304, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Honoring Student Excellence (a few steps from this marker); The Integration Statue (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Florida State University Campus (approx. 0.4 miles away); Konrad Emil Bloch (approx. half a mile away); John Robert Schrieffer (approx. half a mile away); Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac (approx. half a mile away); Sir Harold W. Kroto (approx. half a mile away); Robert Sanderson Mulliken (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tallahassee.
 
Also see . . .  Former FSU president Stanley Marshall dies at 91. James Stanley Marshall's tenure as FSU president coincided with the rise of student activism at FSU — which earned FSU the title "Berkeley of the South" because of the proliferation of student demonstrations and protests. During
Dr. J. Stanley Marshall Statue image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 2, 2021
3. Dr. J. Stanley Marshall Statue
his presidency, FSU students held major demonstrations against the Vietnam War and Kent State shootings. They began a chapter of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and formed a Black Student Union. They marched for changes in racial and gender policies, started a student-taught "free university" and even started the craze of streaking. (Submitted on May 24, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Marshall Plaza Dedication Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 2, 2021
4. Marshall Plaza Dedication Plaque
Commissioned by President Eric Barron, April 2014
to honor the presidency of Dr. J. Stanley Marshall 1969 to 1976
Dr. J. Stanley Marshall, 1970 image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 2, 2021
5. Dr. J. Stanley Marshall, 1970
Mounted on HCB Classroom Building, near marker.
Marshall Addresses Students, circa 1970 image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 2, 2021
6. Marshall Addresses Students, circa 1970
”This is one university, which as long as I’m its Acting President, is going to remain open and free.”
— J. Stanley Marshall
Women’s Rights Protest, May 21, 1971 image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 2, 2021
7. Women’s Rights Protest, May 21, 1971
”I invite you to join our common effort… to bring Florida State University a step closer to greatness.”
— J. Stanley Marshall
J. Stanley Marshall quote, 1970 image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 2, 2021
8. J. Stanley Marshall quote, 1970
Among other things, we have established that the university can tolerate dissent and preserve order and freedom.

Peaceful dissent in a university is a kind of love. It means students care enough about the institution to want to make it better. It means they are, in fact, willing to commit themselves to making it better, more just, more humane. And the university, if it is worthy of its name, becomes this prodding.
— J. Stanley Marshall 1970
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 24, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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