Obituary: Dr. Eugene M. Marks

Avid musician, served in MASH unit during Korean War

Eugene (Gene) Melvin Marks passed away on November 4, 2014. Dr. Marks was a longtime resident of Newtown, CT. He was born to Dr. Sidney Marks and Marcia Tritchler Marks in Buffalo, NY on July 5, 1921. His education included Amherst High School and the University of Buffalo for both his bachelor’s and medical degrees. Dr. Marks served in the US Army during the Korean War, where he was assigned to a MASH unit that was later the subject of the movie and TV series, MASH. Dr. Marks worked as a general practitioner in Alden, NY for many years and then as an occupational physician at DuPont before moving to Newtown with his family in 1968. In Connecticut he was Medical Director for Remington Arms in Bridgeport until his retirement. After his retirement, Dr. Marks continued to work part-time for the Connecticut State Health Department for a number of years.

Dr. Marks was an avid clarinet and saxophone player in his youth and played in a jazz band throughout high school and college. His interest in music continued throughout his life and he was a dedicated tenor in the choir of the Newtown Congregational Church. In Alden, Dr. Marks was a member of the Alden Presbyterian Church and an active member of Kiwanis. In the 15 years they lived in Alden, he and his family hosted exchange students from Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Thailand, and Uganda.

Dr. Marks will be remembered for his keen intellect, sense of humor, devotion to his family and his generous spirit. He is survived by his wife Edna Aranibar Marks of Newtown; his sister Patience (Marks) Dybowski of Snyder, NY: his children: Dr. James Marks and his wife Judi of Princeton, NJ; Catherine Scott and her husband Lou of Preble, NY; Joanne Shpunt and her husband Jerry of Newtown, CT; Judy Freitag and her husband Bill of Hershey, PA; Elizabeth Cortright and her husband Richard of Darien, CT; and Edward Marks and his wife Tammy of Newtown, CT as well as 18 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Plans for a memorial service to be determined. Donations in his memory rather than flowers may be sent to the Newtown Congregation Church.