Name: David Wayne Marsh
Brebeuf Jesuit, Class of ‘89
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Class of ‘93
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Class of ‘98
New York University Hospitals, Surgery/Urology Residency (Completed in ’04)
Where do you live now: Fresno, California.
What have you been up to since STA: I currently have a job that I love taking care of America’s heroes, our veterans at the Veterans Administration hospital in Fresno.
I have been fortunate to visit 47 of the 50 states(only missing Arkansas, New Mexico and North Dakota).
I have seen many of the beautiful national parks including Yellowstone N.P.(Wyoming), Olympic N.P.(Wash.), Crater Lake N.P.(Oregon), Grand Canyon N.P.(Arizona), Denali N.P. Glacier Bay N.P.(Alaska), Sequoia N.P.(Cali.), Kings Canyon N.P.(Cali.), Glacier N.P.(Montana), and of course Yosemite which is less than 90 minutes away from where I live.
Family: My mother, father and brother all passed away about 20 years ago. My niece, Raquel Marsh, also attended STA. My great nephew Elijah is currently a student.
What is your favorite STA memory: I remember doing marionette shows at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum with some of my other classmates. It was pretty cool at the time. I also remember when they took us to hear the symphony. I didn’t really get it at the time, but I love a lot of that music now. I remember the conductor played “March of the Empire” and we were all thinking, “Whoa! You guys play music like that!”
What do you like to do in your spare time: I am an avid reader but since it seems like I am always on the go, I listen to a lot of audiobooks. I always keep a current library card wherever I go. I love to hike and be outside when I can.(Thus, my interest in the National Parks. You really get to see nature in all her glory.) I love to cook and I like to garden. I like to put my hands in the soul. I feel like I am communing with nature and God. It makes me slow down and listen to the wind and look up at the sky and breathe the fresh air.
What words of advice would you offer a current STA student: READ! Read everything you can get your hands on. Reading is the gateway to the world of the imagination. It is like a passport that can take you to any nation or any point in time. You can learn anything, if you just read. I have even learned things from books I didn’t like, but the books that I love have changed the way that I look at the world. We are so blessed to be in an age when information is right there for the asking.
Is there any other information you would like to share about yourself?
I will share one final thought. St. Thomas gave me the foundation to do what I wanted to do when I got older. I never could have made it through Brebeuf without the foundation at STA. I never would have been prepared for MIT or Johns Hopkins. I never could have become a surgeon without the dedicated and gifted teachers and administrators at St. Thomas who loved us and nurtured us and made it their mission to make sure that we succeeded in life. God bless all of those fine men and women and God bless St. Thomas Aquinas school.