John Marx CHARLOTTE - John Marx, MD, of Charlotte, Chair Emeritus of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center, a brilliant leader who guided the department from relative obscurity to national renown, died of natural causes on Sunday in Charlotte. He was 62. Born and raised in White Plains, NY, educated at UC Berkley then Stanford Medical School, Marx rose rapidly to national prominence as the brightest star among a group of future academic emergency medicine leaders trained in Denver by Peter Rosen, MD. A brilliant clinician, scholar, and researcher, Dr. Marx was a driving force for academic rigor as a faculty leader at Denver General Hospital for 10 years, then was recruited to Carolinas Medical Center to serve as Chief and Chair, a position he held with distinction for 20 years. He served in prominent national leadership positions, including a term as President of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, which rewarded him with the prestigious Hal Jayne Award for Education Excellence. Dr. Marx's scientific publications numbered over 230, and he wrote or edited eight textbooks of emergency medicine, including serving for three editions as editor-in-chief for Rosen's Emergency Medicine, the leading textbook in the field. A world authority in emergency medicine, Dr. Marx gave invited addresses at distinguished international meetings and over 80 presentations at major meetings in the United States. He served a staggering total of 38 visiting pro-fessorships across the country, including at Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, and Harvard. Although revered as a clinician and clinical teacher, Dr. Marx's greatest strength came in the recognition and mentoring of brilliant young academicians and researchers in the specialty, building a nationally prominent research enterprise within his department at CMC. He made himself available to his mentees in perpetuity, providing guidance for many years after the formal working relationship ended, and even after his former students attained prominent positions as professors and department chairs. Despite the relentless demands of his grueling academic schedule, Dr. Marx always placed his family first. His wife, Karin Marx, daughter, Shelby Marx, and son, Conner Marx, were famously the source of his greatest love and pride. All those who had the opportunity to see him with his family saw his intense commitment, his energy for life, and his great hope for the future. At the zenith of his academic prowess, actively writing and editing major works while planning his next projects, Dr. Marx died unexpectedly, but peacefully, while asleep in his home. Instinctively caring, inimitably selfless, and fiercely loyal, Dr. Marx's legacy of love and service will live on in all who knew him. He is survived by his wife Karin, children Conner and Shelby, brothers Gerald and Geoffrey, step-children Peter and Elliot Carey, and a legion of emergency medicine specialists who admired and emulated him. A private celebration will be held for family, close friends, and colleagues. Donations in John's memory can be made to the John A. Marx Scholarship Fund, created in his honor, at http://tiny.cc/g9kxgw. Online guest book is available at www.heritagefuneral.net Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Funeral Home Weddington/Matthews Chapel.
Published in Charlotte Observer on July 5, 2012