Robert Marrone is an alumnus of Paul Smith’s College, having completed his studies there in 1971. He concluded his professional career with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in 2010, capping off 31 years of dedicated service. Upon his retirement, he held the position of Forest Ranger Lieutenant, overseeing the “High Peaks” area of the Adirondack Park. Marrone also made significant contributions to the ASTM International Standards Committee on Search and Rescue, representing the state of New York. His expertise was further recognized following Hurricane Katrina, where he was a member of the FEMA working group that formulated the certification standards for Search and Rescue teams during national crises. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Marrone served his country in the Vietnam War from 1968-1969 with the 260th Signal Detachment, providing vital aviation electronics support at the Qui Nhon Army Air Base. He now resides in Vermontville with his spouse, Phyllis.