Mr. Tom Marberger
, Purdue University
, Asheville School
Tom Marberger ‘69
Director of the Cody Annual Fund
B.A. Amherst College 1973
M.A. Purdue University 1981
Appointed: 1973, 2011
A native of Pennsylvania, Tom graduated from Asheville School in 1969. After receiving his BA from Amherst, Tom returned to Asheville School in the fall of 1973 and served on the faculty until 1979 when he got married and headed off to Purdue. In 1981, Tom earned his M.A. in American studies and moved to California where he taught for the next seven years at Cate School. Tom returned to Asheville in 1988 and taught history, published a college guidance handbook and served as the college counselor, and coached baseball at Carolina Day School until the fall of 2011, when he returned to Asheville School to become Co-Director of the Cody Annual Fund.
Tom’s academic passion is American history. His favorite areas are the late 19th century, FDR and Truman, and intellectual history. He has published a play for classroom use: The Trial of Harry S. Truman. He is co-editing a copyrighted work in progress entitled A City upon a Hill: the Power of Vision.
Tom has loved baseball his entire life (he remembers Don Larsen’s perfect game). At Asheville School he played on Uncle Will’s last team in 1967. Tom then played for Chuck Carter and coached with Chuck in the 70’s, but his fondest baseball memories come from games coaching against Chuck. The highlight of that friendly rivalry took place in April of 2004 when Chuck presented Tom with the fungo bat that Uncle Will had used in 1967. Tom is proud to say that the ball field at Carolina Day was named for him at a ceremony in the spring of 2009.
Tom’s wife of 32 years, Karen, has her Ph.D. in education and is a career teacher. Their favorite city is London, and together they enjoy travel, musical theatre, reading, and the antics of their two cats, Abigail and Oscar.