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.