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GOVERNOR MOURNS PASSING OF MARK MARIN

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July 26, 2001 – Gov. Charles W. Turnbull Wednesday expressed shock and profound sadness upon learning of the passing of longtime Antilles School Headmaster Mark Marin and extended condolences on behalf of the government and people of the U.S. Virgin Islands to Marin's family, friends and the Antilles School community. "The territory has lost a conscientious and visionary educator who dedicated his life's work to the advancement of an enlightened generation, capable of meeting the challenges of the new century," Turnbull said.
"His sudden loss represents a major blow to the Antilles School family and the Virgin Islands community in general. He will be sorely missed," the chief executive continued. Marin succumbed to an injury to the head he sustained in a fall at home on Tuesday. He was airlifted to Miami where he died without regaining consciousness. He would have been 52 on Aug. 7. Prior to becoming headmaster at Antilles School, Marin taught at the Sts. Peter and Paul High School.
Gov. Turnbull noted that he served and worked several times on educational committees with Mr. Marin. The governor said that under Marin's leadership, Antilles School significantly expanded the number of scholarships it provided to deserving students of various backgrounds and achieved the prestigious designation of a Blue Ribbon Presidential School. The school achieved many notable awards in scholastic and athletic competitions and developed many progressive capital projects during his tenure, the governor said. In addition to the construction of a new state of the art library, the school is now building a new sports complex that is intended to serve the entire community.
"At this very sad time for the cause of Virgin Islands' education and for the Antilles School community, I extend profound condolences to all mourning this passionate and committed educator and offer my prayers that God will comfort and sustain his family, loved ones, the Antilles School community and all others mourning the untimely passing of this good and decent man. May he rest in peace," Governor Turnbull concluded.

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