Myer M. Marcus ’36 died on March 2, 2015, in Portland, Maine.
(The following was published by the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on March 4 to March 5, 2015)
Myer M. Marcus, noted Portland wit, raconteur, golfer, and man about town, died at Portland’s Cedars Nursing Care Center on March 2, 2015. He was 100 years old.
Myer was born on the kitchen table in a Munjoy Hill coldwater flat in June, 1914. The oldest child and first son of Saul and Bertha Marcus, Myer excelled in the classroom and in every endeavor. A graduate of Portland High School, he continued his education at the University of Virginia, Bowdoin College, and Boston University where he received his law degree.
He set up his law practice at 97A Exchange Street with his brother Harry, where he continued to practice law until his retirement at age 92. At that time, he was the oldest practicing attorney in Maine.
Myer served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, attaining the rank of major. He served in India and in several other countries where he always managed to find a golf course.
Myer represented many Maine and New England individuals and businesses, but always found time for pro bono work. He was the kind of lawyer who befriended his clients, often visiting them in their homes and places of business. A gregarious man, he traveled in every social circle, and was a friend to people from all corners of life. Even as he aged, he loved to walk the streets of Portland and the Old Port, greeting everyone he encountered. Everyone loved and respected him for his wisdom, candor, advice, and knowledge.
Myer was predeceased by his wife, Frances Tabor Marcus; his brother and law partner Harry Marcus, and his sister Ann Stillman. He is survived by two sons, Donald Ward (Ellen) and Paul Marcus (Janine), and a daughter Joan Marcus (Jeff Kalajian), all of Massachusetts. Also surviving are five grandchildren: Michael Ward (Laura), Dean and Melany Kalajian, and Ian and Lindsay Marcus, and several nieces and nephews.