PHILIP MARCUS

MARCUS--Dr. Philip, 65, a world renowned pulmonologist died April 9th in Paris, France. Phil was born in New York City on November 26, 1946. He was the beloved husband and best friend to Rovena Marcus for more than 42 years. Born and raised in the Lower East Side of NYC, Phil went on to accomplish greatness, as a doctor, a family man and philanthropist. He graduated from Columbia University, cum laude with a BS degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences with honors in Pharmacology. He went on to receive his medical degree from State University of New York-Downstate Medical Center, College of Medicine, graduating summa cum laude. He was the founder of Nassau Chest Physicians and served on the Board of Directors of the American Lung Association. He also served as Chief of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine at St. Francis Hospital-The Heart Center in Roslyn, NY. Phil was a consummate student and in 1999 at the Bloomberg School of Public Health-John Hopkins University where he earned the M.P.H. degree in May, 2002. A passionate student, Phil was an equally passionate teacher. He was actively involved in teaching medical students as well as residents in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine. He was a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology and the Associate Dean for Curriculum Development at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He held teaching appointments at State University of New York at Stony Brook, St. John's University, and NYU School of Medicine. Philanthropy played an important role in Phil's life. Having grown up in extremely humble conditions, those in need were never far from his mind. He generously supported myriad causes and organizations. Phil was a major fundraiser for Jewish causes including UJA, Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem as well as an advocate for accessible health care supporting the American Lung Association and RotaCare both of which he was honored by for his work. Even more, and perhaps most importantly, Phil never ignored the needs of his patients and was known to provide medical care to his neediest of patients free of charge or in exchange for some home cooked food! Phil's love of travel took him all over the world, where he could continue to soak up and learn about everything from Italian food and Jewish antiquities to Parisian art and German opera. It was these trips that he was blessed to share with Rovena and regales his family with stories upon his return. One of Phil's proudest achievements was his family who loved him immensely. Affectionately known as Pop-Phil, he spent much of his free time with his children and grandchildren, often hosting big family dinners that were filled with a lot of energy and laughter. In addition to being survived by his wife Rovena of Jericho; Phil is also survived by his in-laws and surrogate parents Morton and Harriet Shreck; sons: Mitch husband of Sarah Marcus of Forest Hills, Brian husband of Faith Marcus of New York City, a daughter Alyssa wife of Gary Klein of Harrisburg Pennsylvania; and grandchildren, Max Marcus, Luke Marcus, Julia Klein, Jake Marcus, Jenna Klein and Liam Philip Marcus.


Published in The New York Times on Apr. 12, 2012