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Passing of Mort Marshall, FAIA, FCSI

  • 1.  Passing of Mort Marshall, FAIA, FCSI

    Posted 07-04-2018 09:50
    I am posting the notice from the National Institute of Building Sciences on Mort Marshall's passing last month.  He was my sponsor for joining AIA in 1986 and was a great colleague and friend over the years, and a champion for diversity across all fields.  I was fortunate enough to make FAIA last year in Orlando with Mort in attendance - his wisdom and good humor will be missed by all who knew him.

    Mortimer M. Marshall, Jr., FAIA, FCIS, NOMAC, the National Institute of Building Sciences' first and most dedicated member, passed away on June 13, 2018, less than seven weeks after saying farewell to his beloved wife of 66 years, Betty Marshall.

    From the time he joined the Institute in 1978, Mort supported the organization in many ways for 50 years. He served on the Consultative Council's Executive Committee from 1978 to 1981 and as secretary of the Council in 1981. Mort was elected to two terms on the Institute Board of Directors, the first from 1981 to 1987, and the second from 2005 to 2011. He served as treasurer in both terms, the second time for his entire tenure. As the Institute's first member, with the number 101, Mort provided an enormous amount of historical knowledge to the Board. He was instrumental in the formulation of many programs at the Institute, provided guidance and leadership, and continued to assist the organization until he passed.

    In 2011, the Institute established the Mortimer M. Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award in his honor and awarded the first honor to him for his dedicated service to the Institute and its Board of Directors. 

    Mort graduated from Tuskegee University with a degree in architecture in 1949 and joined the United States Air Force where he served in the Korean War. After his military service, Mort held positions with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. He was responsible for the development and implementation of design criteria, policies and construction standards for the U.S. Department of Defense's worldwide design and construction program. During this period, Marshall traveled extensively throughout the world, evaluating military schools, family housing and medical facilities (including hospitals and medical and dental clinics) to ascertain that they met military design standards and criteria. He led the team that developed the program used in the design of the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

    After 32 years, Marshall retired from the federal government and founded The Marshall Group in Reston, Va. in 1983. Along with his wife, Betty, as office manager, Mort worked tirelessly to make the family-owned architecture, interior and construction services practice a success.

    Throughout his career, Mort received numerous honors and awards, including: a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA); a Fellow of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI); Chancellor of the National Organization of Minority Architects; recipient of the Whitney Young Award from AIA; the Alumni Achievers Award and Construction Alumni Association's Pioneer Award from Tuskegee University; and the Carle J. Ebert Award from CSI.

    Ever present at Institute events, Mort, with his wealth of knowledgeable stories on the Institute's history, and Betty, with her radiant energy, will be greatly missed. The Institute will continue to honor the Marshalls' legacy every time it presents a new Mortimer M. Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award.


    Edmond Gauvreau, FAIA
    Washington, DC

  • 2.  RE: Passing of Mort Marshall, FAIA, FCSI

    Posted 07-05-2018 17:36
    Thanks for the kind tribute to Mort.  I always looked up to him as a mentor and role model.  He was a trailblazer who paved an exemplary path of professionalism and kindness for everyone to follow.  He will be missed but not soon forgotten.

    Bill Bates FAIA, NOMA
    2018 First Vice President
    Pittsburgh, PA

  • 3.  RE: Passing of Mort Marshall, FAIA, FCSI

    Posted 07-05-2018 18:58
    ​Thanks for the great announcement from NIBS.  Mort was really an advocate for this organization.  The notification of Mort's passing was sudden.  I was prepared to attend the memorial for Betty and was alarmed to know that the services would be for both of them.  He was a close family friend and a great mentor.  Mort was there for me when I received my Young Architects Award from AIA National and was elated last year in Orlando when I received my Fellowship.  Sitting at our table during the Fellows Convocation dinner in Orlando I realize he has had such an impact on everyone that has come in contact with him.  I echo the sentiments of Edmond Gauvreau, FAIA and Bill Bates, FAIA that he will be missed but not soon forgotten.

    Kevin Sneed FAIA
    Partner/Senior Director of Architecture
    OTJ Architects
    Silver Spring MD

  • 4.  RE: Passing of Mort Marshall, FAIA, FCSI

    Posted 07-06-2018 01:29
    Mort Marshall, FAIA was an exemplar for our profession. He brought humor, modesty, generosity and grace, plus an iron conviction that both architecture and building can be improved through applied research and education.  I was honored to have Mort co-sponsor my Fellowship application, thanks to former National Institute of Building Sciences executive director David Harris, FAIA, and was fortunate to have worked with Mort, Dave, and others as NIBS' general editor.  One way to honor Mort's accomplishments would be through support for NIBS-created by Congress and charged with reporting to the President on U.S. building technology-as a still-growable ideal that Mort initially helped bring to life.

    Robert L. Miller, FAIA

    Washington, D.C.  July 5, 2018

  • 5.  RE: Passing of Mort Marshall, FAIA, FCSI

    Posted 07-09-2018 17:24
    Excellent suggestion Robert!  Sorry to hear of Mort's passing!

    C R George Dove FAIA
    Vienna VA

  • 6.  RE: Passing of Mort Marshall, FAIA, FCSI

    Posted 07-06-2018 11:58
    Ed - Many thanks for posting; one can only wish to have known them.

    Ralph Bennett FAIA
    Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects, Inc.
    Silver Spring MD

  • 7.  RE: Passing of Mort Marshall, FAIA, FCSI

    Posted 07-06-2018 16:04
    So sorry to hear this news about Mort. He was a friendly and welcoming colleague, ever since I met him. I'll always remember him, and I will miss him. NOMA and the AIA are both fortunate to count him as a mentor and a leader.

    Rest In Peace, Mort.

    Michael Willis FAIA
    Oakland CA

  • 8.  RE: Passing of Mort Marshall, FAIA, FCSI

    Posted 07-10-2018 22:13
    Ed - Thank you for sharing this poignant tribute about Mort with us.

    Melody Harclerode AIA
    Executive Director
    Sandy Springs Conservancy
    Sandy Springs, GA 30356