Don C. Marler, was born at Hineston, Louisiana in 1933. He lived on a small farm in the middle of a swamp with the nearest neighbor being over a mile away. After joining the U.S. Navy in 1950, he became a Frogman (now SEALS) and served throughout the Korean “Conflict.” Following discharge he went to college on the G.I. Bill and eventually earned a Master’s degree in Psychiatric Social Work at LSU and one year toward a Ph.D. at Tulane University in New Orleans. Don’s work covered a wide range of positions in VA Hospitals and Mental Hygiene Clinics, Community Mental Health and Mental Retardation Centers, private practice of psychotherapy and private ownership of homes for the Mentally Retarded. He also conducted consultation, workshops and seminars for management and staff of child-care facilities and other non-profit institutions. This consulting work, as an Associate of Rea & Associates, Inc., took him to several states over the years north, mid-west and south.
In 2013 he was honored by the LSU School of Social Welfare on the occasion of the school’s 75th anniversary as one of 75 Distinguished Honorees.
Building on his hobbies of reading and writing Don has written many professional articles published in professional magazines, and several books on local history with special emphasis on Louisiana history. He serves as editor of two online journals:
The Hineston Chronicles
Fifties Frog Magazine http://www.navyfrogmen.com/fiftiesfrogs/
Don’s latest venture is blogging. See the blog at: don marler iconoclast