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It has been said that there is a novel in everyone's life. The trick, of course, is to live it properly and then write it well. I am not certain that I have done either but would like to believe so. This is an autobiography written at the request of my children who wanted to know how things had been as I grew up or, perhaps, to have some explanation of why it all went so strangely sometimes. The time required to do this has been significant but the reward of the exercise has greatly exceeded the work entailed. It is only in reprising a life that one realizes how fortunate he is to have the opportunity to do so. In writing this I have tried to put everything into its historical, cultural, and personal contexts. Almost nothing in our lives is done arbitrarily although it requires some reflection to realize it. There will be more history than one might expect but it set the stage on which I played my role. This time has been filled with angst and triumph, like so many lives. I have passed from anger at the disparity of what I thought life should be and what it actually was, into not just acceptance but some real inderstanding of why. It was never simple, but it has been interesting and it has been worthwhile.
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Dr. Marr was born in Southern Ohio and attended Xavier University in Cincinnati. He graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed a medical internship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. After two years in the U.S. Army 8th Special Forces Group, he studied biochemistry in graduate school at St. Louis University and completed his medical training at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He and his wife, Marty, and their five children moved from the Mid-West to Colorado in the early 1980s. His career encompasses various aspects of medicine, medical and biochemical research, executive business management, and investing. The first twenty years were spent in academic medicine, teaching and biochemistry, where he held positions as Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry and was Director of Divisions of Infectious Diseases and of a Division of Laboratory Medicine. He left academic medicine and entered into management and operations of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, beginning as Senior Vice-President of Research and Development at Monsanto /Searle, Vice-President of a startup biotechnology company which was taken public, and culminating as CEO of a publicly listed biotechnology company. Thereafter, Dr. Marr was a General Partner with Pacific Rim Ventures, an international venture capital firm with headquarters in Tokyo. Dr. Marr has been a member of Boards of Directors of a number of public, private, and nonprofit organizations. He retired two years ago and now devotes his time to family, grandchildren, consulting and volunteer work in the community.
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