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Richard (Rick) L. Marple lived his early years in Ohio and Indiana. He attended The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio where he studied Music and Chemistry. After graduating from The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Dr. Marple served for more than 28 years on Active Duty in the U.S. Army Medical Department, retiring as a Colonel. He was privileged to Command in Europe and of being the Chief Medical Officer for several of the Army’s finest hospitals including Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia. After his retirement from military service in 2010, Dr. Marple was selected as Chief Medical Officer at St. Luke’s Hospital of the Baptist Health System, San Antonio Texas. In 2016 Dr. Marple joined the San Antonio Methodist Healthcare System becoming the Chief Medical Officer for Methodist Stone Oak and Northeast Methodist Hospitals until 2020.

Dr. Marple has played trombone in numerous wind ensembles for more than 50 years to include two years with the Musikverein Stadtorchester Feuerbach, Germany. His tutors include Peter Pettit from the University of Michigan and Ron Wilkins of the UTSA Music Department and the New York City Broadway Performances group. Dr. Marple has written several concert band and brass ensemble pieces and was recognized as a promising composer by the Ohio Musical Educators in 1972.