Friday, September 11, 2009

New donation highlights North Pacific College

A wonderful donation of materials pertaining to Robert E. Marsh, D.M.D., sheds new light on student life at North Pacific College of Dentistry in the 1930s. Marsh, a 1934 graduate of what would become the OHSU School of Dentistry, practiced in Oregon and around the Northwest at CCC camps before signing on with the Veterans Administration in 1941. He passed away in 1988.

The small collection includes several photographs (including this group portrait of the dental fraternity Psi Omega taken in 1931; Marsh is in the second row from the bottom, third from the right), certificates and licenses, and two wonderful sketches of dental school faculty members Pierce and Paine--probably executed by a classmate of Marsh's. Thanks to the donor, son Timothy J. Marsh, we also have a wonderful biography of Dr. Marsh that highlights his upbringing, education (he was in the first class to graduate from Grant High), and career.

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