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Eckerd instructor injured in car crash


© St. Petersburg Times,
published August 29, 2001

A weekend car accident in New York has injured Jamsheed Marker, an Eckerd College instructor and retired diplomat, his wife and daughter.

Marker, 78, and his wife, Arnaz, 64, are in stable condition at Saint Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Their daughter, 50-year-old Feroza Marker, who works as an occupational therapist in New York City, is in critical condition.

"We're all terribly, terribly sorry to hear about this," said Kitty Rawson, a spokeswoman at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, where Marker teaches diplomacy and international relations.

Marker, a former Pakistani diplomat, suffered a fractured hip. He has lived in northeast St. Petersburg with his wife since 1989.

The accident happened at 5:48 p.m. Saturday while the Marker family rode in a hired car in Stanford in Dutchess County, N.Y., said Sgt. Robert Hogan of the New York State Police.

A westbound 1998 Ford on County Route 17 crossed the double yellow line and collided head-on with the Marker's eastbound 1993 Chevrolet, police said.

The driver of the 1998 Ford, Jessica Olay, 17, of Pine Plains, N.Y., and her three passengers were not seriously injured. No charges have been filed. The investigation continues.

Marker was the U.N. special envoy to East Timor in 1999. As such, he helped negotiate a settlement to a conflict that killed more than 200,000 people and threatened the stability of Indonesia.

He has taught at Eckerd College since 1995.

"He's well-liked by students and valued by his colleagues," said Rawson, the college spokeswoman. "We are not sure whether he will be able to teach this fall."

- Times researcher Kitty Bennett contributed to this report.

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