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Thomas George Marx

October 25, 1943July 24, 2020

Thomas George Marx, 76, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, passed away July 24, 2020.

He was born in Trenton, New Jersey on October 25, 1943.

Tom graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ryder College in 1969 with a degree in Commerce & Economics and earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School in 1973.

He was married to Arlene Varga on August 23, 1969.

Tom was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force (December 13, 1961- November 29, 1965). Following his honorable discharge, he worked for 28 years (1977-2005) for General Motors as General Director of Economic Policy before becoming a beloved Professor and Director of the Center for Global Leadership and Understanding at Lawrence Technological University (2005-2020). His personal and professional accolades and achievements, too numerous to list, were matched only by his humility and disinterest in self-discussion.

Tom was passionate about his family and teaching and he maintained a deep love of knowledge, literature and writing. He was both a voracious reader and scholar and maintained great pride in his ability to influence the knowledge of others as a professor.

He was survived by his beloved wife Arlene, children Melissa A. Sugameli (Paul), Thomas J. Marx (Jessie) and Jeffrey A. Marx (CJ), his adored grandchildren Julian and Enzo Sugameli, Tyler, Miles and Valerie Marx, each of whom having never failed to fill his heart with happiness and pride, he was their Grandpop, as well as his sister Rosemarie Trippa and brother-in-law Albert Varga (Marie).

A private memorial ceremony for immediate family will be held at 11:00 a.m. on August 11, 2020 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 4300 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield, Michigan 48323. A celebration of life will be held at a later date with friends and family.

If interested in making a memorial donation honoring Tom, the family suggests making a Tribute Gift to the Scholarship Fund being established in his honor at Lawrence Technological University which can be directed to: Office of Advancement, Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West Ten Mile Rd, outhfield, MI 48075 (https://www.ltu.edu/giving/online-gift.asp).


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Jean-Paul Meutcheho

August 6, 2020

It is a privilege to have known Dr. Marx, a man of wit, humility, and basic human decency. His sense of humor was a catalyst for his teachings: it will be an epic intellectual moment to watch him conversing with “his uncle” Karl M. Having had Dr. Marx as a dissertation chair was an honor, and his premature and sudden departure is heartbreaking.
Sincere condolences to his family and loved ones!

Jeff Rightmer

August 4, 2020

Tom was the Chair of my Dissertation committee at LTU. He was always there to guide me through the process. I always found him fair and eager to help. I also enjoyed him as an instructor and I know he will be missed at LTU. My condolences to his family.

David Thornbury

August 4, 2020

I was sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. We worked together for many years at General Motors. I remember Tom as a wonderfully passionate man filled with wisdom and integrity. A picture of Thomas Jefferson was the first thing I noticed when entering his office at GM. Appropriately, in his obituary he is holding a book with the very same picture on its cover. Lovers of Liberty both.

When you needed a reality check on your thinking or writing, Tom was the man to see. He would give you an honest, straightforward and thought-provoking evaluation.

A man of character, I was blessed to know and work with him.

My sincere sympathies to the whole Marx family. Tom and all of you are in my prayers.



August 2, 2020


Val Murray

August 2, 2020

You have been a dear friend for so many years. Bob and I are so saddened to hear of Tom's sudden passing. You two raised a wonderful family together, so much to be proud of, and wonderful memories.
We enjoyed many a Pine Lake party with you and Tom, including the lovely one at your home with all your beautiful holiday collections on display.
You have been on my mind and I am sending you all the love and hugs I can in hopes of giving you some comfort during this extraordinary time.
Love, Val & Bob Murray

Judy and Kal Hannawa

August 1, 2020

We are so, so sorry. Tom was such a kind, loving man who was unendingly devoted to his family. We sat with Tom at many baseball games as he quietly supported Tommy and Tyler. Tom always had Arlene by his side and their mutual love and dedication was inspirational. Tom was genuine, loving, smart and will be sorely missed. We consider ourselves blessed to have known Tom. His legacy lives on through his family. ❤️🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼

Ariel Vidal

July 31, 2020

Dr. Marx was my favorite at LTU. I always enjoyed attending his classes because of his passion and the wisdom he shared. He always expressed kindness and compassion to his students which was greatly appreciated. I was looking forward to seeing him again this Fall; he will be truly missed.

Mohammed Bin Dhaoiy

July 31, 2020

My condolence to his family. He was my best professors at LTU. I learned a lot from him.
To his family, we all love Dr. Thomas and will never be forgotten.

R.I.P Dr. Thomas Marx.

Jack Spielman

July 31, 2020

My condolences to the Marx family.

As a Professor, he had the rare gift to be enlightening, engaging, and to be candid, entertaining. It was a real joy to be a student of Dr. Marx. He will be fondly remembered and missed.

Jack Spielman

Yanjun Tan

July 31, 2020

I am extremely saddened to hear about the untimely passing of Prof. Thomas Marx.

I had the privilege of having a class with him last summer - which was also my last semester at LTU. We had many interesting conversations during the course, his wisdom and kindness moved me a lot. He was so knowledgeable. It was a 3-hour long class. He always insists on writing the class note by himself on the whiteboard (rather than pre-prepared reusable slides), and giving the speech at his highest volume throughout the lesson. He was such a good professor and mentor.

I wish his soul rest in peace and send my heartfelt condolence to you and all other members of your family. We will miss you forever.

With sincere regards,
Yanjun Tan


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