Howard W. Marcus, M.D., D.M.D., died on April 12, 2014, at 104. He was born in Germany on September 15, 1909.
He was a young dentist when the Nazis came to power. He fled to Italy, where he suffered poverty and malnutrition while he worked to obtain a medical degree and requalify as a dentist. When Hitler and Mussolini made their pact, he had to flee again. By a series of miracles, he was able to immigrate legally to the United States in 1939. After two years of dental school, he obtained an American dental degree. He then moved to New York City, where he met and married Lottie, another Holocaust survivor, in 1942. He practiced general dentistry and was among the first dentists to use hypnosis to relax his patients.
After retiring and moving to Rancho Bernardo in 1979, Howard co-founded and was the Medical Director of the RB Disaster Emergency group. The RB Historical Society has records of the group's founding and activities.
Howard's memory will live on, as he and Lottie were visionary philanthropists who supported local, national and Jewish causes. The Marcus Family Campus of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in Israel, reflects their desire to help ensure the survival of the Jewish people and further peace in the Middle East.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Lottie; daughter, Ellen Marcus; son-in-law, Harvey Malyn; and granddaughter, Jennifer Kaplan.
A public memorial service will be held on June 22, 2014, at 11am at Temple Adat Shalom, Poway.
Donations in Howard's memory may be made to Temple Adat Shalom, Poway (www.adatshalom.com
); American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, New York (www.aabgu.org
); or the