Currie D. Marr
February 15, 1937 – April 19, 2021
ONEONTA - Currie Daniel Marr, 84, passed away with his wife, Virginia, by his side.
He was born in Seattle, Washington, to Alma and Orland Marr.
He completed his master's degree in botany and doctorate in mycology at the University of Washington.
He taught at Portland State University where he met Virginia. They forged a lifelong strong partnership and supported each other in many ways. Currie was a professor in the Department of Biology at SUNY Oneonta for 32 years.
In his retirement, he was active in the Parkinson's Support Group and loved hiking with the Susquehanna Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK). Despite having Parkinson's for 20 years, he hiked regularly with Virginia. He loved attending classical music events in the Catskill region and sharing food, movies and exploring ideas with friends and family.
Currie is survived by Virginia; two daughters, (Deborah Marr and Jim McLister; Carla Marr and Jose Alvarado Perez); and siblings, (Maxine and Art Bye and their family, Esther Myhre and her family, Carolyn and John Grove and their family, Steven Marr, Priscilla Marr and her family, and Ronald Marr).
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Memorial gifts in Currie's name (in lieu of flowers) may be made to Susquehanna Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) or the Biology Department at SUNY Oneonta.
Arrangements are by Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Currie D. Marr
April 27, 2021
Dr. Marr is one of the best professors I have ever had. He was the most enthusiastic instructor and his passion for plants inspired me with the science and my teaching. When I became a college professor I emailed him. As always, he was so supportive and generous with his word. I will forever remember him and his passion. Thank you to his family for sharing him with all of us SUCO students. I am so sorry for your profound loss.
April 25, 2021
I met Currie on an ADK hike. We walked together almost every time after that. The exceptions were when Currie led a hike and when Jack Meeks got between us with a clever story. Currie encouraged me to join the Y. I did and give him the credit for improving my fitness, enjoyment of life, health, and longevity. We were both orchid enthusiasts. One time as he and Virginia were leaving the Y he invited me to follow them home. I did and he showed me his orchid collection. As I left he gave me a beautiful cymbidium. Carole and I have enjoyed that plant so much. It was one orchid that we had never raised. When it's in bloom, it's like having a bouquet in the house for months.
April 23, 2021
I met Currie soon after I joined the faculty in the late 1970s. He was one of the first to greet me and welcome me to the campus. We struck up a friendly professional relationship that led to our collaboration on a project which involved his expertise in botany and mine in archaeology. We retired about the same time and I regret that we never managed to go mushroom hunting together. Currie was one of the most kind, considerate, and generous persons I've had the pleasure to know. Above all, he was a gentleman. My condolences to Virginia and his family. --- Bill