MARDEN--Bernard A., 91, financier and philanthropist, of Palm Beach and New York City. Survived by Chris, his beloved wife of 62 years; daughter Patrice Auld of Seattle (Merritt Kevin Auld, MD); son, James Marden of New York; daughter Cathy Marden of Great Barrington, and five granddaughters; Meghan, Sasha, Lizzy, Gaby and Olivia. A graduate of New York University, Mr. Marden served as a Major in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II. After the war he began a diverse and successful career as a businessman and venture capitalist, first working on printed circuits with Circuitron Corporation in partnership with J.H. Whitney, and later founding Marden-Kane, Inc., the innovative promotion agency for major corporations, and Odd Lot Trading, a 160-store wholesaler and retailer of close-out consumer goods. Mr. Marden served on the boards of many private and public companies and foundations. He was a Trustee of New York University Medical Center where he endowed a chair in neurology, and was the founder of Oakdale Foundation, a non-profit organization providing housing, education and guidance for adults with special needs. He was also an early Trustee of Conservation International, a leading global non-profit that works to protect the earth's most important resources. A longtime resident of Palm Beach and strong supporter of the arts, Mr. Marden was a founding contributor to The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, having underwritten the stage in Dreyfoos Hall which is named in his wife's honor. His generosity was extended to the Palm Beach Community Chest through the Alexis de Tocqueville Society, The Norton Museum and countless local charities. Contributions in his memory may be made to Oakdale Foundation, 16 Oak Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230. A memorial service will be held in his honor at the Metropolitan Club in New York City on September 16th at 4:30pm.
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Published in The New York Times on Aug. 25, 2010