Dr. James M. Marlowe
1930 – 1995
James M. Marlowe Elementary is named for a really good man. James Marlowe was the 11th of twelve children born to an elementary school custodian and a newspaper carrier. After completing two years of college, he joined the Navy and served in an infirmary at the Jackson Naval Yard during World War II. After the war, he went on to complete his college education and graduated from medical school at the University of Miami. Dr. Marlowe and his family settled in Port Richey where he began his 30-year career in medicine. He treated thousands of patients and was a leader in the medical community. He had been a family practitioner and medical director of six nursing homes. He earned national recognition for his courageous stand on treating AIDS patients in nursing homes.
A devoted family man, Dr. Marlowe served as Scoutmaster and helped his four sons each earn the top award in scouting – the rank of Eagle Scout. As Scoutmaster, Dr. Marlowe earned the prized Silver Beaver Award three different times.
He also had a positive impact on our educational system. Dr. Marlowe served on the Pasco County School Board for ten years. During his tenure, he worked to establish positions for school nurses in the schools, as well as curriculums for health and human sexuality. These changes represented great progress. He joined the school board during a time of labor unrest and an expanding student population. He was an advocate of building programs that helped prepare the county for its ever-increasing student population.
Each year, two Pasco high school students interested in medicine are awarded a scholarship in his name, thanks to the family’s $100,000 endowment through the local public school foundation.
Pasco County lost a kind, generous man when Dr. Marlowe passed away; we hope to always honor his memory and be a source of pride to his family.