Marjorie G. Driver (1924 – 2019) was one of the co-founders of the Micronesian Area Research Center at the University of Guam in 1967.

Renowned scholar

At MARC (now known as the Richard Flores Taitano Micronesian Area Research Center) she curated the Spanish Documents Collection, and became internationally renowned for her translations of documents from the Spanish colonial period of Guam. Driver was also an associate professor of Spanish at the university.

Education and honors

Driver held a BA in Spanish, with a minor in social studies from Russell Sage College, New York and an MA in Spanish with a minor in Latin American studies from Middlebury College, Vermont. In addition, she completed course work at Colombia University in New York, the Theological Seminary at Colombia University and at the former College of Guam in Mongmong, precursor to the University of Guam.

The Young Men’s League of Guam recognized Driver in 1992 with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in CHamoru history from the Spanish archives, after being nominated by Dr. Wilfred Leon Guerrero.

The University of Guam also bestowed one of its highest honors on Driver by conferring its Doctor of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa) upon her at the Fall 2007 Commencement Exercises.

During MARC’s 40th anniversary celebration in October 2007, Driver, in recognition of her service to Guam and its people, was inducted into the Ancient Order of the Chamorri by the governor of Guam.

Driver retired at the end of 2007.

The 29th Guam Legislature lauded her for dedication and hard work to the people of Guam. and Micronesia with a legislative resolution on 5 January 2008.

Teacher and advisor

With roots in the eastern United States, she spent her childhood in Puerto Rico, and was a longtime resident of Guam. She taught in Guam’s high schools and is a former principal of St. John’s School. She published numerous articles and English translations of historical materials concerning the lengthy Spanish presence in the Mariana Islands.

Driver was an advisor to Guampedia since its inception in 2005.

Driver died at her home in Jonestown, Guam, on 20 September 2019 at the age of 95.

Among her publications are:

  • Fray Juan Pobre de Zamora and His Account of the Mariana Islands. 1602.
  • The Augustinian Recollect Friars in the Mariana Islands, 1769-1908.
  • The Spanish Governors of the Marianas and the Saga of the Palacio, Their Residence and the Seat of Colonial Government in Agaña, Guam.
  • Olive y Garcia, Francisco. The Mariana Islands. 1884-1887. Random Notes. Marjorie G. Driver, trans.
  • M.G. Driver and O. Brunal-Perry: Chronicle of the Mariana Islands, 1846-1899.
  • M.G. Driver and F.X. Hezel. El Palacio. The Spanish Palace in Agaña, 1668-1898.

Guampedia entry co-authored by Professor Marjorie Driver

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