Celebrating the Life and Leadership of Dr. Frank E. Marsh

Faye Snodgress is Executive Director of Kappa Delta Pi.

Dr. Frank Marsh

With a very heavy heart, I share news of the death of Dr. Frank E. Marsh, Professor Emeritus of Northeastern University, and a truly outstanding and dedicated leader of Kappa Delta Pi International for nearly 7 decades. Inducted into KDP’s Beta Beta Chapter at The University of New Hampshire in 1949, his service goes back far enough that he had opportunities to meet the founders of KDP and often shared interesting stories about KDP in the early years.

It is fitting at his passing to acknowledge his many significant contributions to the Society. There is no one who matched his sustained effort in leadership excellence. He captured the spirit of KDP in all the work he accomplished in his professional life as a teacher, coach, university professor, and Dean. He personified the ideals of the Society.

When we reflect on his legacy, there are many significant firsts associated with his term as President of the Society (1972–1974), many of which are still in place today, such as offering regional one-day conferences for members, training of new Chapter Counselors at Headquarters, holding student forums at Convocation, and establishing the Educational Foundation, where he served as Board Chair for 18 years. During his tenure as leader, the Foundation raised millions of dollars, resulting in increased scholarships, awards to teachers, national conference sponsorships, and the completion of a fundraising campaign to purchase a new headquarters’ facility in Indianapolis.

Dr. Richard Judd (L) with Dr. Frank Marsh (C)

“Frank was the one who nominated me for President. A true leader in all respects. As Frank’s leaf dies and drops from sight, other substances of his abundant life will take their place. His place remains, and in spirit remains very, very present with us. As theologian Karl Rahner has said, ‘Every person is a person of eternity, and not just noble spirits of memory.’ All who knew Frank knew that we had been invited to a special table of life that was anything but ordinary, if not quite extraordinary. We realize that sharing his life and our participation with Frank came as a gift, not a given. We are all thankful for the opportunity we had to be part of Frank’s life—his world of the mind, family, colleagues, friends, and conviviality.” –Richard Judd, Former KDP President

In addition to his service as the Chair of the Educational Foundation, his leadership benefited the Society through his service as the Academic Editor of the Kappa Delta Pi Record from 1996 through 2001, on multiple Convocation Planning Committees, on the President’s Advisory Committee, and as the founding counselor of the Kappa Zeta Chapter at Northeastern University. A constant in all of his leadership roles was his ability to provide the vision and initiatives for improvements in these organizations.

He always provided steadfast support of the Society, the staff, and all educators in its community. His consistently positive and gracious disposition set him apart and served to make him a special mentor, coach, and beloved leader.

Honoring his significant and longtime contribution of service to Kappa Delta Pi, he was inducted in 2015 as a member of the prestigious Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter—one of the highest recognitions bestowed by the Society.

In addition to Frank’s sustained service and leadership in KDP, what impressed me most is that every conversation I ever had with Frank, he was always positive and hopeful of the great things that lie ahead. He definitely had a “glass half full” disposition . . . a most gracious and kind man. May he rest in peace.

105 years old. And going strong!

HistoryBlockIn a time when instant, fast, and temporary are the norm, on March 8, 2016, Kappa Delta Pi will capture a moment to celebrate Founders Day and its rich 105-year history.

So what does this longevity say about an organization that is thriving in a high-tech world where immediate gratification rules? It speaks volumes!

For more than a century since its founding, Kappa Delta Pi has stayed true to its original purpose of recognizing scholarly achievement and sustaining a community of educators for the purpose of contributing to their ongoing professional growth.

The Society has evolved in the ways that it supports and serves educators to ensure the products and services they receive have value and relevancy in an ever-changing professional environment. Increasingly, the Society recognizes its role in advocating for the profession and all educators in it, as well as giving educators a collective voice in developing a model of education that prepares today’s youth for an uncertain future. Given the critical importance of quality learning for all, KDP will leverage its rich legacy of high standards and excellence in teaching to advance the goal of ensuring a quality education for all students that results in career readiness and the ability to lead fulfilling lives.

To the thousands of valued educators in the KDP community, please join me in celebrating another impressive milestone by taking a moment to reflect on the Ideals we have pledged to uphold:

Fidelity to Humanity, Service, Science, and Toil.

Given the increasing global inequalities, maintaining our collective commitment to advancing these four ideals is more important than ever. We invite you to invest in KDP and double your impact on Founders Day through our unique matching gift initiative.

As we celebrate our founding, let’s also celebrate our profession and the opportunity it provides us to change the future.

Thank you for being a member of KDP!

Faye_S_7-1-14Faye Snodgress serves as the Executive Director of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education and has been on staff since 2001. Faye strongly believes that Teachers Change the Future and wants to hear your story!