Edwin Lee Marcus
January 19, 1928 – December 29, 2020
Edwin L. Marcus was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1928, and was the only son of Russian immigrants. He was a quintessential academic, musician, and thespian. At Boys High School in Brooklyn, he savored his role in the radio “Quiz Kids”. He adored the Brooklyn Dodgers, and never quite recovered from the betrayal when the team moved to Los Angeles. By adolescence, he had found a new love: Broadway. Rodgers, Hammerstein, and Gershwin became idols as he watched Broadway blossom into its Golden Era. Although he never had a formal casting he was always glad to regale anyone with the tale of sneaking onto the Metropolitan Opera stage and participating in a performance of Aida.
Following Columbia College and Medical School at NYU, Ed served in the Korean War prior to settling in Ann Arbor, MI, where he met his beloved wife Catherine Reid while training in Pediatrics and Public Health at the University of Michigan. They enjoyed 63 wonderful years of marriage, during which time he practiced Pediatrics in the greater Detroit and Ann Arbor communities, and worked with the Washtenaw Health Department. Always both a learner and teacher, following retirement, he returned to his roots and began lecturing on musical theater at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. He prided himself on his business cards featuring “Edwin Marcus, Musical Theater Historian” and reveled in his nickname, “Broadway Eddie”. His song-filled lectures were appreciated by their many friends at their home community of University Commons in Ann Arbor.
Ed and Catherine had three daughters: Sheila, Jackie, and Anne. In addition, they are survived by five grandchildren: Benjamin, Alexander, Dylan, Colin, Cailey; and three great-grandchildren Claire Margaret, Owen Marcus, and James Reid. James Reid was born within hours of Ed’s passing, and likely received his first well-baby check as their souls passed, ushering little James Reid safely into the world.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Edwin's memory may be made to Doctors Without Borders, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance; and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute " OLLI" at the University of Michigan.
Due to Covid-19, virtual services will be scheduled at a later date.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.muehligannarbor.com for the Marcus family.
Edwin Lee Marcus
January 3, 2021
Sheila, Jackie and Anne,
I am so sad about the passing of your wonderful dad. It was so painful to have Catherine pass and now your dear father as well. Ed, Catherine and I spent many hours discussing politics of the world, and the politics of OLLI. Both your parents were loving and intelligent, sensitive and knowledgeable people who loved friends and family deeply. Your dad was a terrific leader, inspiring people in their continual learning and in their love of music. He helped me bring a young violin prodigy to Ann Arbor to perform at the Commons and he helped me get through many of the ideological conflicts we had in the organizations we served. You all were wonderfully blessed to have had such terrific parents. I share your grief in deepest sympathy.
January 2, 2021
My condolences to Ed's children and grandchildren.
Ed was a fine man. I took several of his excellent OLLI courses on Broadway plays. They were enjoyable and memorable experience.
I will miss him.