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Sierra Club Mourns Death of Mary Marsh
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Long-time activist will be missed in Anne Arundel and throughout Maryland

Sierra Club members throughout the state are mourning the death of long-time activist Mary Marsh, who lived in Arnold and served the club and the state’s environmental movement for many years.

Mary, 48, died July 5 after suffering a stroke the day before. She is survived by her husband Steven and two adult daughters, Elizabeth and Kathryn.

“Mary’s death is a tremendous loss to the Maryland environmental community,” said Anne Arundel Group Chair David Prosten.  “She was incredibly knowledgeable and a real fighter.”

Over the years Mary had served on the Anne Arundel Sierra Club’s Executive Committee and had been group political chair from 2002 through 2005.  She had also served the Sierra Club at the statewide level by serving at times as state legislative chair and state membership chair.

At the time of her death she was employed as an environmental consultant for EcoLogix Group, working with community groups, government agencies, and corporations to bring them together to understanding and agreement on projects so that the environment would be protected.  Previous to this she served as president of the Maryland Conservation Council, a coalition of environmental groups.  She also had served as managing editor of the Conservation Report, a newsletter for coordinating legislative actions and informing legislators on critical environmental efforts in Maryland.

She was an advisor to the 2007 gubernatorial transition Energy Working Group and had served on numerous Maryland State advisory committees over the years.

She was a candidate for county council in 1998 and had helped pro-environment candidates in many races.

The Anne Arundel Sierra Club made a memorial contribution in her name to the Maryland Conservation Council.    

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