Sugarman Sinai Memorial Chapel

458 Hope Street, Providence, RI


Dr. Jay Marlin

April 21, 1942May 1, 2020

MARLIN, JAY, Dental Pioneer If you've had a root canal in the past 30 years -- you've likely experienced Dr. Marlin's work. Dr. Jay Marlin, DMD, of Dartmouth, MA, pulled endodontics from its nascent roots developing many of the tools and techniques used today by endodontists across the world.

Although Dr. Marlin passed away Friday, May 1 at 78 from COVID-19 complications, he ensured millions of patients would receive a far more comfortable and reliable root canal. Jay participated in ROTC at UMass Amherst, and after graduating from Tufts Dental School, he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army where he earned an honorable discharge after two years of active duty and two in reserve from 1966 to 1970. After a short stint in private practice, Jay trained in the then nascent specialty of Endodontic Dentistry at Boston University with some of the world's leading Endodontists. Jay went on to establish a successful career with offices in Fitchburg, MA, Worcester, MA and Keene, NH. He was also a dedicated teacher, devoting one day a week to endodontic instruction first at Harvard Dental School then at Tufts. Always curious and inventive, Jay believed that the arduous process of filling root canals could be greatly simplified, and in the early 1970's, he invented the tool known today as the Obtura, a standard tool in dental offices. Born in Boston on April 21, 1942 to Herman and Eva Marlin as the elder of two boys, Jay attended The Boston Latin School and spent summers with his close extended family on the beaches of Nahant. He was Associate Professor at both Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Tufts University School of Dentistry.

More than anything, Jay loved his family. As a doting parent and grandparent, one could often find him with his family on a boat or on the slopes. Jay died with his beloved wife Carol and their children Adam and David by his side. Jay leaves behind his brother Dr. Arthur Marlin and his wife Broche, sons David Marlin and wife Joanna Grand and Adam Marlin and wife Randi, his sister-in-law Barucha, along with 8 beautiful and adoring grandchildren Eli, Moshe Levi, Benyamin, Yehuda, Leba, Asher, Max and Yedidya.

Jay was buried in Jerusalem, Israel.

If you would like to make a donation in Jay's name, please consider: The Northampton Survival Center, The Alyn Pediatric Hospital in Israel or the AAE Foundation for Endodontics.


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Dr. Jay Marlin

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Susan Stern

May 12, 2020

Just heard of Jay’s passing. My heartfelt sorrow to all the family; Carol, your boys, grandchildren and Arthur. I have memories of him, Arthur Eva and Hymie visiting us when I was growing up. I’ve always held a fond spot in my heart for Jay and Arthur. I am so so sorry for your loss
Sending love and best regards. Susan Davidoff Stern. (Doris and Sheldons daughter)

Don Grabowski (Ritz Carlton Res)

May 8, 2020

My deepest sympathies and condolences to Carol and Family. May Dr. Marlin rest in peace.

Ken Cordio

May 7, 2020

So sorry to hear of Dr. Marlin’s passing. Thinking of you Adam and your whole family. Love, Ken & Marsha Cordio and family.

Karyn Stern

May 4, 2020

Dear Marlin family,
Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss and our loss. He was my mentor and confidante. He was so well respected amongst our dental community as a practitioner and educator. Personally, I am so thankful to have known him and to have worked with him. He was the basis for our life in Massachusetts and I will forever be grateful for what he did for our family. Jay, may your memory be for a blessing.
Karyn, Adam, Judah and Maxwell

Stephen Goldfaden

May 4, 2020

Jay Marlon was a great person and extremely dedicated clinician he loved endodontics and he was always a good friend to Adele and myself may he rest in peace

Richard Bourne

May 4, 2020

I am so sorry to learn of Jay's death and wish to express my sympathy to Carol and the Marlin family. Though Jay and I have not had contact in recent years, I think now of our friendship when we were young: playing after school; Cub Scouts; having snacks in his mom's kitchen. As we aged, Jay remained what he always was: intelligent, caring, sweet. Rest in Peace.

Jonathan Heimberg

May 3, 2020

Dear Marlin Family:

So very sorry to learn of the doctor's passing. May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Israel at this sad time.

I remember, with fondness, when my niece, Elisabeth, was young,
she attended a program held at Hebrew College (in Brookline, then), and my family and your family having a pleasant but unexpected reunion at that time.

Dawn Ordung

May 3, 2020

From a warm greeting . To a quick wit of humor, Dr. Marlin always gave the best care to every patient.
So sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to you all.

Jo Ann Levine

May 3, 2020

Dear Carol, David and Adam and Family,
My heart is so sad from learning of Jay's passing. When we lived in Leominster there were so many memories!
May you and your family always remember what an absolutely wonderful person Jay was. We will always keep him in our hearts and thoughts.
Love, Jo Ann Levine


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