Marc von Trapp

Marc von Trapp was a great grandson of Georg von Trapp who died in a bus crash in 1998 at the age of nineteen. Marc went to Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota and was on a trip with the college, when the bus he was in went out of control on an icy road in Nebraska. Fourteen other Carleton students were injured in the accident.Marcs Plaque

Following Marc’s death, a memorial site was dedicated to him and can be found about 100 yards after the entrance to Carleton’s Lower Arb. The "Arb" is an area of land adjacent to Carleton College, and is used by the students for field studies. It is also available for members of the public to enjoy participating in recreational activities such as walking, running, skiing and fishing.

Marc’s memorial consists of some trees, a bench and some rocks on which there is a plaque that says:

‘“The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” – Eden PhillpottsThis oak grove is dedicated to the spirit and memory of Marc von Trapp, class of 2000, who had an insatiable curiosity about the world. May this be a peaceful place to contemplate the universe and sharpen your wits.Dedicated by Marc’s friends and family, June 2000’


Marc enjoyed playing hockey, so his family, friends, and team mates created the Marc von Trapp Spirit Award to honor the most outstanding member of the Carleton College Hockey Team who contributes the most on and off the ice. The first annual Spirit Award was given to Paul Tonkin.Alex and Marc

A memorial fund for Marc was also set up to raise money for the Jackson Arena in Stowe, Vermont, where Marc and his friend Alex Kende spent many hours. One of the new rooms is being named after Alex and Marc in honor of them both.

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