Obituary: Paul Oren Shaw Marden — former Darien resident, had long career at The New Yorker
Paul Oren Shaw Marden of Ivoryton, CT, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. He was surrounded by his wife Barbara of 56 years, and their three children, Emily Jewett, Paul Marden and Sarah Whitney.
Paul was born on June 4, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan, son of Paul and Virginia Marden. Shortly after, the family moved to Cairo, Egypt until he left to attend The Stowe School in Stowe, Buckinghamshire England. After graduation he attended Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH where he excelled in soccer, squash and track.
Upon graduating Exeter he earned his BA from The University of Michigan and later attended UCONN.
Paul went on to serve as an Army news reporter for the Stars and Stripes in Bamberg, Germany.
In his business life, he proudly worked at The New Yorker Magazine where he had a 25 year career in its’ marketing and advertising departments. He and his wife Barbara raised their three children in Darien, CT where they participated in many different activities that spanned from volunteer positions with the Board of Education, Town government and Youth Soccer programs. Together they shared a love of racquet sports, both paddle and tennis.
Paul also shared a love of the water, where sailing was one of his favorite pastimes. Upon retirement Paul and Barbie moved to Ponte Vedra Beach FL and participated in volunteer activities, the most beloved of which was running the Readers Aloud program.
In 2005, they moved to Ivoryton, CT where he introduced the Readers Aloud program to Essex Elementary School and its’ after school Chess Program.
Additionally, he volunteered at The Florence Griswold Museum, The Essex Land Trust and FISH. He is survived by his wife Barbara and their three children, Emily Jewett, of Old Lyme, CT and her husband Harry, their son Paul Marden of Franklin Lakes, NJ and his wife Karen and daughter Sarah Whitney of Essex, CT and her husband Palmer. Between them there are seven grandchildren, Harry and Lindsey Jewett, Thomas, Andrew and Meredith Marden and Madison and Shepard Whitney.
He is also survived by his two sisters, Caroline Delves of Oxfordshire, England and Sandra Marden of Durango, CO.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be greatly appreciated to: Essex Elementary School Foundation: PO Box 882 Essex, CT 06426