The Mission


The Eastern Kentucky Piano Competition and the Dorothy G. Marsh scholarship was established specifically for the people of
Eastern Kentucky in honor of the rich musical and cultural heritage that so influenced Mrs. Marsh and her family. 
By doing so we seek to:

  • Inspire young pianists of Eastern Kentucky through the offering or educational opportunities, artistic performances, and masterclasses
  • Provide an event to assist local piano teachers in the areas of music awareness, performance, competition, and adjudication by high-level professionals
  • Provide financial support in scholarship awards for high school pianists planning to pursue musical studies in higher education
  • Induce a healthy spirit of collegiality and competition among high school pianists from Eastern Kentucky

Larry Marsh, Founder and President of the Marsh Foundation


Lawrence B. Marsh was born in 1939 in Paintsville, Kentucky. He graduated from Paintsville High School in 1957 and attended Georgia Tech as a Co-op student graduating from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering in 1962. From 1963-1968 he was employed as an Engineer at Applied Physics Lab of The Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Marsh worked in the design of missile systems for the US Navy and helped design the photographic readout device for reproducing the first color photos of the full Earth from outer space. He also helped design a motion sickness experiment used by US astronauts in Sky Lab in the 1960’s-currently on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institute’s Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.. In 1971 Mr. Marsh became the Founder and President of Marsh-McBirney, Inc., which he developed into an internationally recognized company known for its innovative flow measuring products. He designed and patented the first non-mechanical devices for electronically measuring ocean waves and currents. He went on to invent and patent numerous flow measuring instruments that are currently used to measure flow in municipal water and wastewater systems worldwide. He and his company won many industry awards for product innovation including the Kermit Fisher Environmental Award from the Instrumentation Society of America and the Innovative Technology Award from the Water Environment Federation. In 2006, Larry and his family sold Marsh-McBirney to the Danaher Corporation. From 2006 to the present, he founded and is President of the Marsh Foundation, whose stated goal is "fostering talent and innovation in Eastern Kentucky". The Marsh Foundation sponsors the "Dorothy G. Marsh Piano Competition" for students of Eastern Kentucky. Additionally, the Foundation has begun a unique program of promoting intellectual property-based entrepreneurship throughout the Appalachian counties of Eastern Kentucky. In 2007, Mr. Marsh was chosen as the Master Entrepreneur of the Year in Frederick County Maryland. Mr. Marsh has been married to his wife Mary for the past 43 years and has three sons and one daughter. He also has 11 wonderful grandchildren. Larry and Mary reside in Frederick, Maryland.

Entrepreneurial Activities


Promoting Economic Growth in Appalachia through Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Larry Marsh describes the Foundation