OBITUARY

Dr. John N. Marx

October 31, 1937December 13, 2012

John N. Marx, 75, passed away on Thursday, December 13th, 2012. Memorial services will be held Monday, December 17 at 2 p.m. at Christ the King Cathedral. Celebrant will be Rev. William Anton.

Dr. Marx was born on October 31st, 1937, in Columbus , Ohio to John and Cecelia (Noziska) Marx. He was the oldest of seven children: Cecelia Rose, Mary Teresa, Margaret Ann, Helen Lucille (deceased), Susan Elaine, and Nicholaus Charles. He graduated from Waterbury High School in Nebraska , and attended Wayne State Teacher’s College. He graduated from St. Benedict’s College, in Atchison , Kansas earning a bachelor’s degree with high honors in Chemistry in 1962. He received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Kansas , in 1965. He did post-doctoral work at Cambridge University in England , and Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Marx had a long and distinguished career at Texas Tech University , beginning in 1967. He was the advisor for a number of doctoral and masters’ degree students. He retired in 2004 as an Associate Professor Emeritus. An avid Scouter, Dr. Marx was a long-time Assistant Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 157, and a Vigil Honor Member of the Order of the Arrow. He was a Silver Beaver award recipient. He was a member of the American Chemical Society for fifty years, serving in various leadership roles in the South Plains local section. Dr. Marx was an avid fan of science fiction books. Above all, Dr. Marx was a teacher. He began his career in a one-room school house in rural Nebraska , and tutored Chemistry students well into his retirement. He loved to teach astronomy and orienteering merit badges, and the chemistry merit badge including at the 2001 National Boy Scout Jamboree.

John’s love for science began with his father’s reading Scientific American. He grew tomatoes to earn money for his first telescope. He was introduced to young adult science fiction, the Winston books, when he was in high school. It expanded to include a personal collection of over 80,000 volumes. He had maintained a web site for selling his books. He loved sharing his love of science fiction with many contacts over the world.

Dr. Marx married the love of his life, Patricia Colleen (Loyd) Marx, on December 21, 1974 at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church. He was an active member of Christ the King Cathedral serving as a lector and Eucharistic minister for many years. He is survived by his wife, Pat; a daughter, Ruthie Marx and Matt Tyler, of Portland, Ore.; a son, Sam, and his wife Salima Alikahn of Austin; siblings, Rosie, Mary, Margaret, Susie and husband Dan, and Nick and wife Mary; 21 nieces and nephews; and many great and great-grand nieces and nephews.

John will be cremated. The family would prefer donations be made to a favorite charity. John loved the Boy Scouts, the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the local Public Radio station and the Friends of the Public Library.

Condolences may be offered at www.resthavenfuneralhome.com

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Memorial Service Monday, December 17, 2012

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December 19, 2012

Mary and I were very sad to hear that John had passed away. He was an excellent colleague and I enjoyed working with him on one of our projects in the pulsed power lab. He was also a very nice person. We will miss him.
Lynn Hatfield

Reed & Nora Richardson

December 18, 2012

Pat,
We were sorry to hear about John, You are in our thoughts and prayers.

December 18, 2012

Pat,
The funeral was beautiful. Our thoughts and prayer are with you and your family. Our youngest son had John as a teacher and said he was the most brilliant teacher he had and was so kind.

Roy & Betty Towle

Mike Briggs

December 17, 2012

Pat, I'm so sorry I won't be able to attend the services this afternoon with all John's friends and "Scouters." I don't know that I ever met a more pleasant, easy-going man! He was so great to be around at the O.A. events and we all appreciate what he gave to Scouting and well as what he obviously gave to all his students. My thoughts and condolences are with you in your loss.

Mary Rausch

December 17, 2012

Pat, my thoughts and prayers are with you, Ruthie and Sam. John made a difference in the lives of everyone he met.

Steve Holland

December 17, 2012

Pat,
Joyce's and my thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family. Our scouting memories with you and John mean so much to us.

Renea Samples

December 17, 2012

Pat,
I wanted to let you know that Dawson and I along with Cultural Homestay International, extend our deepest sympathy. You guys have made a huge impact in people's lives spanning the globe and have been an awesome host family to so many children. We will be praying for you and your family.

December 17, 2012

Pat,
My deepest condolences to you and the family in this difficult time. May the Lord's comfort be with you.
Liza Muse

Shelly Walraven

December 17, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you Pat. John was a wonderful man and scouter. We will all definitely miss him.

Paul Pare

December 17, 2012

John was always there ready to help out students and faculty alike with his expertise in organic synthesis. He was also tireless in his support of the community through science fair, boy scouts and the church. John will be remembered as an example of service and humility.