Marvin David Kantor

Kantor Marvin David Kantor, age 85, completed his life journey on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. He is survived by his wife and companion for 65 years, Sybil Gordon Kantor; children, Seth (Sue), Rebecca (Reed) Martin and Ali (Robyn); as well as five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. In addition he is survived by cherished brothers, Harold (Cathy) and Charles (Lonnie). He had a very eclectic and successful business career working until 5 years ago. He was President of a Wall Street firm and then President of Curtis Publishing Company publisher of the Saturday Evening Post and Holiday magazine. Eschewing large corporations he spent the rest of his professional life building his own companies. He was most proud of the Wendt-Bristol Company, the first freestanding diagnostic imaging facility in Columbus. He built the first Alzheimer's home in Columbus as well as installed the first PET scanner. He loved overseas travel, good company, excellent food, fine wine, classical music and opera. He had a fierce desire for knowledge. He read prodigiously huge tomes of non-fiction, often a book a week. His apartment was stacked with books everywhere and there was always classical music in the background as he read The New York Times. He believed strongly in education. He was most proud of the higher education of his devoted wife Sybil, who went back to school to earn a BA and then PhD in Art History at the age of 65. She published an internationally recognized definitive work on Alfred Barr and the Intellectual Origins of the Museum of Modern Art. It was his fellowship in every sense of the word that sustained Sybil's years of hard work. The family will have a private memorial service in Boulder Colorado over Thanksgiving weekend. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Simmons College Making Education Work campaign online at Condolences and memories can be sent to Sybil Kantor c/o Sunrise memory care unit 400 Summit Blvd., Broomfield, Colorado 80021.

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Nov. 20, 2013