Eugene Acosta Marin, Ph.D. Educator, Community Organizer

Dr. Eugene Marin was born in Christmas, Arizona on December 7, 1922. He earned two degrees, a B.A. in Education in1949 and an M.A. in Education in1954, and his Administrative Certification in 1958 from Arizona State University. Marin earned his Ph.D. degree from California Western University, 1972.

Eugene A. Marin spent a major part of his professional career employed in educational institutions and in governmental offices. In 1967, Arizona governor Jack Williams appointed Marin as State Director of the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity. Later in 1972 at Arizona State University, Marin Directed the Office of Student Financial Aid. He coordinated Student Assistance Programs, Office of Student Affairs, 1977. Marin worked with the U.S. Department of Education in 1978-80, as assistant to the director, Hispanic Concerns Staff, Washington, D.C. In 1981-82, He directed Public Participation and Special Concerns Staff in the Office of the Deputy Under


Secretary for Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs. In 1982-83, he served as Special Assistant to the Director, Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Language Affairs (OBEMLA).

Eugene A. Marin taught school and college for many years: Phoenix Elementary School, District One, 1946-49; Calexico Unified School District, California, 1965-67; and California State College at Los Angeles, during summer, 1966. Marin contributed to La Raza Forgotten Americans, edited by Julian Samora, 1966. He researched and wrote, in 1966, biographies of several original Spanish/Mexican California pioneers in a volume published by the California State Department of Education to motivate bilingual children of Mexican ancestry to read.

Eugene A. Marin founded and served as president of The Vesta Club, 1953; American Coordinating Council on Political Education, 1962; and Motivation of Arizona, 1967-70.

Marin was a life member of the National Education Association and Phi Delta Kappa, and was named in Who'sWho in the West, 1972. Valle del Sol, Inc. Profiles of Success recognized him in 1991.