Dr. Robert J. Markes SARATOGA SPRINGS- Dr. Robert J. Markes, formerly of Kingston and Saratoga Springs, passed away on Jan. 6, 2014 at the age of 85 at JML Care Center in Falmouth, Mass., after a long illness. Born and raised in Amsterdam, he graduated from Amsterdam High School. He received his undergraduate education at Union College in Schenectady, graduating at the age of 20 in 1948 after which he commenced his career in education as history teacher and coach of varsity basketball and cross country running at Middletown High School in Middletown. In 1963 he moved to the Kingston, area to take a position as assistant principal at Jay Watson Bailey Junior High School. Shortly afterward he became the assistant superintendent of the Kingston City School district. In 1967 he became the Dean of Students at Ulster County Community College, ultimately becoming the Dean of Faculty and Vice President of the college. Throughout his academic career he continued to develop his own education, obtaining a Master’s degree at SUNY New Paltz and a Doctorate in Education from New York University. After retiring in 1985 and moving to the Saratoga Springs area, he returned to what he really loved, teaching; for the following decade he taught a Masters level course in educational administration at the College of St. Rose. He was pre-deceased by his wife and love of his life, Margaret McMahon Markes on Oct. 18, 2012 after 64 years of marriage. In his youth, he always desired a big family, so it is fitting that he is survived by five children and their spouses, eighteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren (with two more on the way): son, Paul (wife Leslie) of Buford, Ga. (grandchildren Robert (wife Joie), Kevin, John and David); son, Robert Markes (wife Margaret) of Candor, N.Y. (grandchildren Emily, Jennie (husband Andy), Selina (husband Michael), Miriam and Laura); daughter, Mary Hunt (husband Gregory) of Cape Cod, Mass. (grandchildren Brian (wife Erin), Elizabeth, and Kyle); daughter, Ann Markes of Northampton, Mass. (husband Matthew Kane) (grandchildren Amy, Timothy and Daniel) and son John Markes of Kingston, (wife Debra) (grandchildren Caitlin, Sean and Kiley). A great athlete, he played basketball and lacrosse for Union College, and was honored to be selected to play on the North team for the All American North-South lacrosse game. He coached the Middletown High School basketball team to several DUSO championships. In later years, as a volunteer coach, he coached a St. Joseph’s CYO basketball team to the upstate championship three years in a row. He had a strong commitment to civic duty and volunteerism. He was a great mentor to his children, grandchildren and many community members. He was a true gentleman and was generous, honest, and very loving to his wife and family. He will be dearly missed, but his teachings and way of life will stay with us forever. The family is extremely grateful for the wonderful care given to him by the staff at JML Care Center. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made toward the continuing education of staff of the Nobska 2 unit of JML Care Center in Falmouth, Mass. Checks can be made to JML Care Center and sent in c/o Ann Markes, 124 Maple Ridge Rd., Florence, Mass., 01062.
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Published in Daily Freeman on Jan. 11, 2014