Albert F. Marra, Ph.D.


Albert Marra retired from the US Public Health Service as Senior Contracts Manager after 34 years with the Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the US Department of Education, and the Social Security Administration. After moving from the DC area to Virginia Beach in 2005, he began a second career as supervisor of student teachers and assistant professor of Spanish and Italian at Old Dominion University and Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, Virginia.

In 2018 he moved to Woodstock, (Howard County) Maryland, outside Baltimore, to be near his son and family. As a translator-interpreter for the United States Coast Guard (with 21 years of voluntary service), he was tasked with translating reports from the 2012 sinking of the Costa Concordia in Italy. It is for this act in 2014, that the Commandant of the Coast Guard awarded him the Auxiliary Special Achievement Medal for Superior Performance of Duty.

A native of the Bronx and Yonkers, he completed elementary, secondary and undergraduate education in New York City. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Manhattan College, Master’s Degrees from the University of Valencia, Spain and Binghamton University, and a Doctorate from Catholic University. He married his college sweetheart, Adrienne Rinaldi, another Bronx native, in 1970. The couple has two sons, two granddaughters, and one grandson. He has published articles in several national magazines and journals as well as in Northern Virginia newspapers. A recipient of many awards from the US Surgeon General and the US Secretaries of Education, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services, his proudest achievement is his 1995 Pyramid Award from Montgomery County, Maryland as public sector Supervisor of the Year.