Campus News 2007

For Immediate Release
March 15, 2007

Dr. Richard Marrs to be Honored by Schreiner University April 21

Dr. Richard Marrs

Dr. Richard Marrs ’68 grew up in Kerrville and graduated from Tivy High School, subsequently enrolling at Schreiner Institute in 1966. After going on to the University of Texas to complete his undergraduate education, he pursued his medical training at UT–Galveston Medical School, where he distinguished himself in both academic and leadership roles. Marrs is board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. After graduating from medical school, he completed a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Southern California. During his fellowship training, he acquired skills in cell culture, studied the ultrasound monitoring of follicle development and, along with Drs. Vargyas and March, developed ovarian stimulation protocols, all of which would play essential roles in establishing this country's second In-Vitro Fertilization program in 1981. He made medical history in 1986 with the first pregnancy from a thawed frozen embryo.

Marrs was founder and first president of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. He was a member of the Society's ethics committee, which produced the first document in the United States on the ethical treatment of infertility using reproductive technologies. Marrs has published over 200 scientific articles and book chapters on human reproduction, and has authored the popular "Dr. Marrs' Fertility Book." As one of the founders of modern fertility treatment, Marrs is considered to be one of this country's premier fertility doctors. He has dedicated his life's work to helping couples fulfill their dream of having a family.

His peers have honored Marrs throughout his career, including listings in “The Best Doctors In America” from 1994-2003, “America’s Top Doctors” from 1999-2003, and “Who’s Who in Executives & Business” from 1997-2003. In 2000 Dr. Marrs was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Infertility Association.

Marrs is a true renaissance man—an acclaimed scientist, an avid athlete, and a lover of art and literature. He is vocal in crediting his teachers at Schreiner for opening his eyes to the world of aesthetics, and for many years he has carried with him in his wallet a poem written by a beloved professor of his at Schreiner, Pete Hallman.

Marrs will be honored at a banquet on April 21 during Recall, Schreiner’s annual homecoming event.

“I am really flattered and overwhelmed that I have been chosen for this great honor,” Marrs said. “I really feel that Schreiner was instrumental in getting me where I am today.”

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