If you want to see the Marr family’s legacy in the city of Boston, all you need to do is look up.
For more than 100 years, the Daniel Marr & Son Company has provided high-quality steel and precast concrete erection services for some of Boston’s most iconic skyscrapers and urban landmarks. The fourth-generation chairman of his family-owned business, Robert L. “Bob” Marr is committed both to constructing new edifices for the city where he was raised and to building the future of Catholic education.
Honoring his family’s commitment to public service, Bob and his brother Dan established the Colonel Daniel F. Marr Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester in 1971 in memory of their father. When Dan passed away, a bequest from his estate established the Daniel F. Marr, Jr. Scholarship Endowment Fund with the Catholic Community Fund—providing scholarship assistance for youths attending Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston, with preference given to members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. In 2018, Bob matched his brother’s legacy gift by establishing the Robert L. Marr Scholarship Endowment Fund, also providing scholarship assistance for members of the Dorchester Boys & Girls Club to attend Catholic schools.
Since the Daniel Marr Scholarship program’s inception 23 years ago, more than 1,900 scholarships have been awarded from these two scholarship funds, totaling more than $1.4 million. For Bob, it is a dream to see the funds become inspirations for others who want to ensure better educational opportunities for young people. “I’ve seen some beautiful views atop Boston’s skyscrapers,” says Bob, “but when I see those smiling kids looking up at me, I feel I’ve reached my personal highest height.”