Marcus, Kenneth J.
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March 3, 1952 - December 31, 2010
Kenneth Jay Marcus passed away on Dec. 31, 2010 after a 4-year battle with Skin Cancer. He was the lucky recipient of a Kidney Transplant in 1982 which lasted for 28 years! He would have been 59 today.
He attended Fairfax, graduated with honors (Summa Cum Laude/Phi Beta Kappa) from UCLA in '74 with a double major in Hist/Poly Sci and from Loyola in '78. A former attorney who started out in Imm. Law and then toiled like Bob Cratchit for 16 years as the Dir. of Compliance at the Pacific Stock Exchange, these "unhappy years" actually afforded him with much comic relief and wonderful friendships.
As fate intervened at 48, Ken bravely returned to UCLA in 2000, getting his M.A. in Libr. Sci to become a Reference Librarian. He happily worked for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher from 2002-2008, finally finding a 2nd career he truly loved and was passionate about.
Born in NY and raised in LA, Ken was a lifelong Dodger Fan, an avid WW2 History Buff and Mystery Book Lover, whose passion for Jazz, Baseball, Movies, B & W photography and books was extensive. He had a wicked sense of humor and was a fan of Starbucks Ice Tea, South Park, Dilbert and The New Yorker Cartoons! He has delighted many Editors over the years, having over 100 of his snarky and witty letters (Sports/Enter/Politics) published in the LA Times, Amer. Film Mag, NY Times Book Review, Newsweek and Enter Wkly. In 2000, his short story, "Better Instincts" was published in SHOTS - The Mag. for Crime & Mystery in Eng. & in 2004/05 was interviewed by Jared Sandberg for "CUBICLE CULTURE," in the Wall St. Journal.
A sweet and generous soul who touched so many people with his humor, friendship and compassion, he will be truly missed. He is survived by his wife, Elisa Goodman and their 18 year old parrot, Hightop. A Memorial is planned for Sat. Apr. 2nd at 1pm at the Writer's Guild Theatre, 135 S. Doheny Dr., BH. Please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations to help defray Med. Exp can be made to: The Ken Marcus Memorial Fund c/o Wells Fargo: #7346805505 or The Jules Stein Orbital Disease Research Fund #40274 c/o Dr. Robert Goldberg (1) Jules Stein Plaza, L.A. CA 90095. Enormous gratitude to all of the Doctors and Nurses at UCLA and Cedars who gave Ken the best of their medical talents and their friendship to us as well.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3, 2011