Edmund Marsden
Edmund Marsden (Baltimore Sun)

Edmund P. Marsden, a retired International Business Machines marketing executive who enjoyed owning and driving Porsche sports cars, died March 6 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville of congestive heart failure. He was 82.

The son of Thomas J. Marsden, a civil engineer, and Nell Plowden Marsden, a teacher, Edmund Plowden Marsden was born in Washington and raised in the city's Foxhall Village neighborhood.


Mr. Marsden was a 1950 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School in Irvington and earned a bachelor's degree in 1954 from Georgetown University.

"My father mainly considered himself a Washingtonian and Southern Marylander but had fond memories of taking the B&O to Mount Royal Station and then taking a streetcar or bus to Mount St. Joe's, where he boarded during the week, back when the school had boarders, and then going home to Washington on weekends," said his daughter, Mary Beth Marsden, former longtime WMAR-TV news anchor, who is now host of WBAL Radio's "Maryland News Now."

After graduating from Georgetown, Mr. Marsden served in the Navy aboard the destroyer USS Douglas H. Fox.

He began his career with IBM in 1957 in sales and eventually joined the company's marketing department. He retired in 1991.

A resident of Derwood, Mr. Marsden enjoyed driving his white Porsche 912 during an autocross or on winding country roads, his daughter said. In 1977, he served as president of the Porsche Club of America — Potomac Region.

Mr. Marsden struggled with heart disease throughout most of his adult life, his daughter said.

Mr. Marsden enjoyed spending hours on his computer. "His iPod is filled with Beethoven, Bach and New Orleans style jazz," said Ms. Marsden, who lives in Ruxton. "He would listen to his tunes while working out at the gym nearly every day … a day which usually ended with a glass of cabernet. 'Good for the heart,' he would say."

He was a Nationals fan.

A private service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Marsden is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Susan Chasmar Werner; two sons, Thomas George "T.G." Marsden of Eldersburg and Patrick Marsden of Silver Spring; and nine grandchildren.