Dr. Frank Marascalco
We are saddened to report that our former board member, Dr.
Frank Marascalco, has passed.
Dr. Frank joined the board during the museum's pivotal transition
from a part of the Carnegie Public Library to become a stand-alone
institution in 1999. Dr. Frank served on the Museum's Board
of Directors until 2012.
He first heard the blues while growing up in Grenada, Mississippi
and instantly developed a love for the music and deep respect
for the musicians. His first board duties were to help develop
the educational offerings. He took his responsibilities seriously
and even enrolled in the Arts & Education classes, where he
honed his guitar skills and learned to play the music he loved.
A pillar of the community, Dr. Frank helped educate his patients
about the significance of the museum to the community. He rarely
missed a board meeting or a museum event and could often be
found toe-tapping or even dancing a bit in the gallery.
Dr. Marascalco's unparalleled support for the museum is evident
in our continued growth and success. The Museum is deeply
honored that the Marascalco family has requested memorials be
made to the Delta Blues Museum in his memory. Through
these and other gifts, we hope to maintain his legacy and vision
as we strive to carry on our educational mission.
Shelley Ritter, Director
Delta Blues Museum
To read Dr. Marascalco's obituary on-line click
If you wish to make a memorial in Dr. Marascalco's honor to the Museum, please click here.