Walter Frederick Marcus III

September 26, 1956April 25, 2021

Walter Frederick Marcus III (Wally) died Sunday, April 25, 2021 after a long, courageous battle with melanoma. Born to Barbara and Walter Marcus in New Orleans in 1956, he was preceded in death by his father, Justice Walter F. Marcus Jr., Survived by his beloved wife of 26 years, Corinne “Rini” Morrison Marcus, and five children, Walt (24), Bo (22), Victoria (20), Caroline (18), and Eli (13). Also survived by his mother, Barbara Cohn Marcus, siblings, Bamsie Marcus (Harry Seidler) and Adam Marcus; brother-in-law, Chep Morrison (Paige), sister-in-law, Valerie Besthoff. Wally treasured his nieces (Beth (Joshua), Catherine, Claire, Maddie, Melissa) and nephews (David (Adrienne), Andrew (Kelsie), and Stephen). At Isidore Newman School, he was a star athlete in basketball, football, and track. He was an original dual-threat quarterback in football, beating you with his legs or strong arm. In basketball, his patented pump fake at the rim consistently drew fouls from opponents. He was Louisiana State MVP as a junior and 2x All-State standout. Although he had the opportunity to follow in his father’s footsteps and go to Yale to play basketball and football, Wally attended the University of Virginia as a quarterback on a football scholarship. He graduated Tulane Law School in 1985 and joined the firm of Lemle Kelleher before turning his focus to mediation and medical review panels. Wally took great pride in being able to work for himself and truly valued the friendships he established in the legal and medical communities. The most important aspect of Wally’s life was his family, and his passion was coaching at Carrollton Boosters. While he enjoyed winning many championships including basketball, softball, and flag football, what mattered most to him was spending time with his children. Wally cherished his trips with his family, taking them on adventures both near and far. For the kids and Rini, the memories on those trips are not the sites they saw but rather hearing their father laugh to the point of tears. Wally will be forever missed by his children, wife, and family, as he was the best father, husband, and coach they could ever ask for. To celebrate Wally, a visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday, May 7th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at home. COVID protocols will be followed. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Wally Marcus Carrollton Boosters Fund (managed by the Greater New Orleans Foundation), mentioning Carrollton in the memo line Donations by check are payable to GNOF, with Carrollton Boosters in memo line, mailed to GNOF 919 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130. Gifts in memory of Wally may also be directed to Isidore Newman School c/o Wally Marcus ’74 Memorial Fund, 1903 Jefferson Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115 or in Wally’s memory online at


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James Strock

May 7, 2021

Wally Marcus was a star in every sense. He was highly gifted as a student and an athlete, and he cultivated talents to put those gifts to use, accomplishing great things. At least as important, he was a leader, a team player who could bring out the best in others.

So, too, he was a gentleman, who sought to encourage others, beginning with his infectious laugh and warm smile.

It is a privilege to have known Wally Marcus. He'll be greatly missed.

Brian Dufour

May 7, 2021

My thoughts are with the Marcus family during this difficult time. I enjoyed my brief interactions with Wally over the years.

Danielle M.Trostorff

May 6, 2021

Very sorry for your loss Rini and family. Wally was certainly a family man and a dedicated professional. My deepest sympathies. Danielle

Margaret Tardo

May 4, 2021

My prayers are with Wally's wife, children, family and friends, for your loss. He was a most gracious and professional Attorney Chair that we dealt with for many years on many of our cases. Besides being professional, whenever I asked Wally how was his family, I could feel his eyes light up with that great smile of his, right through the telephone. God has called another Angel to Heaven to watch over his wife, children, family and friends from Above. May Wally Rest In Peace, Amen.

Catherine Marcus

May 2, 2021

Wally lives on in all of our memories. To me he was always a kind, voice of reason. He lived life very level headed and had an aura of calm that was palpable to those around him. Growing up I remember him towering over me at nearly 7 foot. He was always around to play with and help my brother Andrew and I. I was so happy when he met the love of his life Rini and gave us great playmates in our cousins. We had a blast playing flag football after thanksgiving one year, and many other good times. I loved watching him coach his children into the athletes and people they are today. I have always looked up to Wally and I continue to look up to him in spirit. He will be missed. Much love to everyone feeling the pain of his loss.


Mozelle Boyd Johnson

May 1, 2021

Condolences and prayers to the Marcus family and friends. May God grant you all peace that surpasses understanding.

Tom Hicks

May 1, 2021

Wally was a true friend and great guy. Our bond started the minute I joined DKE at UVA and since I attended Tulane for 2 years previously we had a unique relationship. Everyone will miss his friendship, loyalty, compassion and service he provided to everyone who surrounded him.

Marcus Family, he was the consummate ideal human being !!

Bobby Berenson

May 1, 2021

To the Marcus family,
I very sorry to hear of Wally’s passing. He was a great person to be around. He will be missed.

Claire Edsall and Guy Poché

April 30, 2021

On behalf of the staff at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, please accept our condolences for your loss.