|by MageeNews/Michele Womack/USM
Former students and colleagues of Dr. Ronald Marquardt, a professor
emeritus and chairman of The University of Southern Mississippi's
Department of Political Science, remember him as a model
teacher, faculty member and administrator.
Dr. Marquardt died Wednesday, May 15 at his home in Hattiesburg following a lengthy illness. He was 73.
Services will be held at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 117 W. 4
th Street in Hattiesburg, on Saturday, May 18 at 10 a.m.
Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Hattiesburg. Visitation will
be Friday, May 17 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Forrest
Funeral Home, located at 1258 Richburg Road in Hattiesburg.
A native of Pittsburg, Kan., Dr. Marquardt earned bachelor’s and
master’s degrees from Pittsburg State University, where he played on the
varsity tennis team and served as
student body president in 1961. He earned a Ph.D. in political science
from the University of Missouri in 1972, and a law degree, with
distinction, from Mississippi College in 1982.
In 1973 Dr. Marquardt joined the faculty of Southern Miss, where he
taught political science and constitutional law. In addition to serving
as department chairman, he founded and directed its
Paralegal Studies Program and served as student legal advisor and
faculty representative to the National Collegiate Athletic Association
(NCAA). He is the co-author of the books
Gifted Children & the Law and
Gifted Children & Legal Issues in Education, published by Ohio Psychology Press (1991). He retired in 2003.
"Ron Marquardt had a remarkable impact at Southern Miss in several
ways, but first of all and most importantly, he was a superb teacher,”
said Southern Miss President Emeritus
Dr. Aubrey Lucas. "Students liked him and he liked students. He was
demanding yet open and friendly, and served this university fully,
gladly, effectively and made a
In 1961, Dr. Marquardt was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the
U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. Lee, Va. followed by two years of service
in the National Guard. He was honorably discharged as a
captain in 1965.
A lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan and an avid tennis player, Dr.
Marquardt was a founding member and former president of the Racquet Club
in Hattiesburg. He continued to play tennis on U.S.
Tennis Association teams until 2010.
Dr. Ed Wheat, a professor emeritus of political science at the
university, was a fellow graduate student of Dr. Marquardt’s at
Missouri. "From the viewpoint of working faculty,
Ron was the best department chairperson imaginable,” Wheat said. "One of
the best experiences of my life was when we were reunited at Southern
Two of Dr. Marquardt’s former students, Subrina Cooper and William
Newman, now serve as instructors for the department’s paralegal studies
program. They also recall him for his
devotion to the success of the department and its students.
"He was an outstanding professor, having taught me constitutional law
during my early days at Southern Miss,” said Cooper. "We owe him a
tremendous debt of gratitude
for having the vision to found our paralegal program, which continues to
thrive 35 years later.”
Newman said as much as he admired Marquardt for his skills at
management and diplomacy as department chairman, he’ll remember him even
more for his unfailing generosity.
"I’ve never seen a boss or manager of any kind who was as good at
building consensus as Ron was,” Newman said.
"But it’s the goodness of his heart that I will miss most. For
decades he gave unselfishly of himself to students of all backgrounds,
and his kindness extended equally to
‘A’ students and ‘D’ students.  I particularly remember being inspired
by his altruism when he used his law degree to assist students with
concerns – for little or no pay.”
Dr. Marquardt is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and
Marguerite Marquardt, and a sister, Patricia Marquardt. Survivors
include his wife of 48 years, Susan Marquardt two sons, Mark
Marquardt (Hajira Majid) of Evanston, Illinois, and Rick Marquardt
(Julianne) of Salt Lake City, Utah three grandchildren: Adam, Alexandra
Jane, and Katherine Hope and a brother, Paul Donald
Marquardt, of Walton, Ky.
Dr. Marquardt was a member of the USM Foundation. Memorials may be
made to the Ronald G. Marquardt Endowed Scholarship Fund at the
University of Southern Mississippi, 118 College Drive, #5210,
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001.