Gardner Marston earned his history degree at the University of Texas in 1953. His studies in Austin must have been deeply fulfilling, as evidenced by a $6.6 million bequest that the history department has received from his estate.
Marston, who died in 2011 at the age of 86, was a native and longtime resident of La Jolla, Calif. He traveled widely and had a lifelong curiosity about history, geography and current events — interests that no doubt were fueled by his time in Austin.
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