C. Richard Marsh; 1928-2014: B.G. lawyer held city, college posts


BOWLING GREEN — C. Richard Marsh, 85, who became city attorney and general counsel for Bowling Green State University while maintaining the law practice he established in his hometown, died Wednesday in Hospice of Northwest Ohio in South Toledo.

He had cancer for several years, but until January still met with friends and clients and made his annual winter trek to Naples, Fla., his son, Michael, said. Mr. Marsh was semiretired from the practice, called Marsh & Marsh since father and son joined forces 30 years ago.

“He never took himself really seriously and was a generous person, and maybe to a fault,” his son said, “but always behind the scenes.”

Mr. Marsh was general counsel to BGSU from about 1960 into the early 1980s, a time of discord on many campuses.

“There were always a lot of meetings at our house, because it was a tense time,” his son recalled. Mr. Marsh was empathetic as he conferred with student leaders. Some people believed him too tolerant, his son said, but “in the end, it served the university well.”

Mr. Marsh was Bowling Green’s elected city attorney from 1964-73. His son is the current city attorney, now an appointed post. Mr. Marsh also served on the BGSU Foundation’s board and on the alumni board.

He was born Dec. 6, 1928, to Lois and Clarence Marsh. His father was Wood County sheriff from 1945-52. The family lived in the sheriff’s residence at the jail. He was a graduate of Bowling Green High School, BGSU, and University of Cincinnati’s law school. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Lou, whom he married Dec. 22, 1951; daughters, Beth Bils, Julie Marsh, Melissa Weinert, and Becky Dill; son, Michael; sister, Nancy Worden; 15 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in St. Thomas More University Parish, Bowling Green, where he was a member. The family will greet guests in the church after 1 p.m. Arrangements are by the Dunn Funeral Home.

The family suggests tributes to the Wood County Cancer Society, the Bowling Green Community Foundation, or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

Contact Mark Zaborney at: mzaborney@theblade.com or 419-724-6182.