Bob served as Chief of the Geography Division from 1983 to 2003 (interrupted by a 3-year period as Associate Director in the 1990s to prepare for Census 2000). He was the architect of the Census Bureau's TIGER System which began in the early 1980s as a collaborative effort with the U.S. Geological Survey. Bob was a visionary who sought ways to advance the importance of census geography through new technological developments that were made practical through useful applications. By making spatial data for the nation available, the TIGER effort opened the way for GIS development and created an entire new industry which continues to grow. Bob was a friend to all and will be sadly missed by his colleagues.
During his more than 36-year career at the Census Bureau, he received several awards for exceptional performance, including the Department of Commerce's Gold and Silver Medals, and the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award.
Bob Marx is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jan. They have two grown sons and eight grandchildren.