'Founder of New Bedford scalloping' dies at 91

NEW BEDFORD — Myron Marder was a scalloper before shellfish was the city’s biggest industry.

Friends of Marder, who died Dec. 24 at the age of 91, remember how the accountant turned fleet owner helped jump-start the industry in the 1960s.

“He was really one of the founders of the scalloping industry in New Bedford,” Robert Mitchell, of R.A. Mitchell, said Thursday. Mitchell said both he and his father have been friends with Marder since the 1950s.

Marder got his start in the fishing industry when he opened an accounting office on the New Bedford waterfront in 1946 after serving in the Army during World War II.

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