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A funeral service for Donald K. Marchand Jr., associate professor emeritus of geological sciences, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 7400 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk.

Marchand, who lived near Old Dominion University on Melrose Parkway, died at a local hospital Thursday, Jan. 27, following a fire at his home. He was 78.

A native of Morgantown, W.Va., Marchand received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from West Virginia University in 1947 and subsequently received a master's from WVU in 1950. He attended graduate school at Old Dominion and the University of Virginia.

Marchand joined Old Dominion, then known as the Norfolk Division, in 1954 as an assistant professor of chemistry. He left in 1955 and taught at Randolph-Macon College, Bethany College and Central Missouri State College, returning to Old Dominion College in 1962.

Marchand was promoted to the rank of associate professor in the physics and geophysical sciences department in 1966. In 1969, he accepted the position of dean of men and associate dean of student affairs, serving in that capacity for the next six years.

Returning to the classroom in 1975, Marchand took up the challenge of teaching as well as developing two upper-level earth science courses for non-science majors.

He was instrumental in bringing Sigma Nu fraternity, as well as other national fraternities and sororities, to Old Dominion. He was an adviser to ODU's chapter of Sigma Nu through the time of his death.

Upon his retirement and designation as associate professor emeritus in 1991, the university paid him the following tribute: "Donald Marchand has consistently received high praise over the years from students as well as respect by his colleagues for his contributions to his field, his unceasing willingness to serve Old Dominion University, and as a versatile and thorough teacher."

Survivors include his son, D. Kirk Marchand, a 1980 ODU graduate, of College Park, Md.; and two sisters, Dorothy Wahl of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Jimmie Sobek of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Memorial donations may take the form of contributions to the charity of the donor's choice.

This article was posted on: February 1, 2005

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