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Nathan. November 25, 1940 - January 28, 2017. New York City. After a sixteen-month battle with ovarian cancer, Marlene Nathan Meyerson died peacefully early Saturday morning, January 28, 2017, at the home of her daughter, Marti Meyerson. Service: Following a private family service in Fort Worth, she will be laid to rest next to her son, David, in the Beth-El Section of Greenwood Memorial Park. Marlene was born in Galveston, Texas, on November 25, 1940, the daughter of Tilley Haar and David Henry Nathan. She graduated from Ball High School in 1958, where she was a cheerleader. After high school, she attended The University of Texas at Austin, where she was a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority. While at "The University," she met her husband-to-be, Morton H. Meyerson, a fellow student, in 1959. She left school in 1960 to work on the presidential campaign of John F. Kennedy, then she moved to San Francisco to work in the fashion industry at I Magnin. Following her return to Texas in early 1964, she worked in the Austin and Galveston offices of Texas Senator Babe Schwartz. On April 26, 1964, Marlene and Morton were married and set off on their life adventure. Morton was a data processing engineer at Bell Helicopter and Marlene was executive assistant to the director of the Fort Worth Art Center. Their first child, David, was born in September 1967, and he was followed by their daughter, Marti, in October 1969. David died on October 17, 1998. During her early married years, Marlene's life revolved around her family. Later, when her children were in school, Marlene launched a highly successful career in real estate in Dallas. During those years, she was also a leader in Dallas civic and cultural affairs, including the Junior League, which she had joined while still in Galveston, and many other charitable organizations. She was a Life Member of the National Council of Jewish Women. Among her many accomplishments, in 1997 she was recognized at the Seventh Annual World AIDS Day Luncheon held in the United Nations Building in New York, and she received the Award of Distinction for Leadership in Philanthropy. The award celebrated her leadership of the fundraising efforts of AMFAR Dallas (American Foundation for Aids Research), for which she raised nearly $2 million. Earlier, in 1994, she had brought Paul Simon to Dallas for a sold-out concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center, and in the same year she brought Elizabeth Taylor as part of those AMFAR events. In her later years, Marlene split her time between Manhattan and Santa Fe. Manhattan allowed Marlene to explore her interest in art and culture but even more importantly brought her close to her daughter, son-in-law Jamie Hooper, and her beloved grandchildren, Hannah, David, and Sandy. Santa Fe was Marlene's place of peace, where she would swim laps on a daily basis and trained for a triathlon, for which, at the age of 75, she won first prize in her age group. Throughout her life she was an active participant in the arts, serving at the time of her death as the Chairman of the Board of SITE Santa Fe; as a member of and former chairman of the advisory council of the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas at Austin; as Founder of the Alfred Stieglitz Society, a Curatorial Friends Group supporting the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; as a member of the Visiting Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; as a member of the Collection Committee of the Cooper Hewitt Museum; as a member of the Video & Film Committee of the Whitney; as a member of the Contemporary Arts Council of the Museum of Modern Art; and as a member of the Santa Fe Chili and Marching Society. Survivors: In addition to Marti Meyerson, Jamie Hooper and her grandchildren, Marlene is survived by her husband, Morton H. Meyerson; her sister, Carolyn Nathan; her brother, Neil Nathan, and her cousin and lifelong friend, Marvin Nathan. Memorials: In 2017, some 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and approximately 14,000 will die from it. Early detection screening methods don't exist and by the time ovarian cancer is diagnosed it often has spread to the point that treatment is ineffective. Ovarian cancer is deemed an orphan disease and consequently receives minimal national research funding. For those who wish to honor Marlene's memory, the family requests that donations be made to The David Nathan Meyerson Foundation these, tax deductible, donations will be collected and forwarded to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai for ovarian cancer research. Robertson Mueller Harper Funerals, Fort Worth, TX.

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January 23, 2021
Marlene and I grew up together in Galveston, a handful of blocks apart and went through the public schools together. I had a great interest in radio, and figured out how to convert a small tube radio into a shortwave radio that allows me to talk with the Marine Operator, whose station provided information to ships coming into the Galveston harbor. Marlene couldn't get over how that worked. "How many children do you have, over," she would ask after pushing the mic button. "I have two. What school do you go to, over," the marine operator would respond. For years and years afterwards, when we would see each other, the first thing she would say was, "Bill, how's the marine operator getting along? Do you ever hear from her?" Everyone loved Marlene, especially me. She was a blessing to have as a friend. Meanwhile, her older brother, Neil, is my insurance agent.
William S Cherry
February 24, 2017
So sorry for your loss, Morton. My condolences and prayers are with you. Marlene left a positive and lasting impact on the Santa Fe Arts community.
chip thomson
February 11, 2017
My prayers are with Mort, Marti and the family. May you all be blessed with the wonderful memories and legacy of Marlene. She was an amazing lady and role model for us.
Alice Ashley Van Kirk
February 6, 2017
Mort, my sympathy and condolences in the loss of Marlene. You had written that she had been very sick --- but without identifying Ovarian Cancer.

I remind you that I lost my whole family to Ovarian Cancer --- my wife after a battle of 5-years and my daughter after a battle of 2 years.

After the loss of my wife --- Mary Liz --- The Dallas Foundation, which I chaired, decided to make a $250,000 contribution to a fundraising campaign of the UTSW Med School. I asked the Board if they would designate the contribution to establishment of a Chair in Gynecological Oncology. It was established. It is occupied by David Scott Miller, a medical scientist. He has been at work since. I get copies of his Annual Report to the Chancellor each year. I know a little bit about Ovarian Cancer.

I was a saddened and shocked at the report of the loss of Marlene.

With empathy and with best wishes.

George R. Schrader
February 2, 2017
Rest in peace Marlene. You were one of the kindest and caring persons I ever met, we will miss you.
Moises G.
February 2, 2017
I will always remember Marlene's infectious zest for life. When I read that she was a cheerleader early on, it made perfect sense. She championed so many causes. She brought that enthusiasm to her involvement at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum where she was an enthusiastic supporter of the collection and exhibitions. Her generosity enabled the museum to make a number of important acquisitions and she was generous in connecting the museum with designers. We'll miss her dearly, but I'll always hear her wonderful laugh.
Cara McCarty
February 2, 2017
May you rest in peace Marlene.
Allison Barnett
January 31, 2017
Dear Marlene . What a wonderful employer and friend you were. We remember you always with love and appreciation. Our heart felt condolences to Marti and Mort and the rest of the family.
Liz and Paul Botell
Liz Botell
January 30, 2017
Bill Cherry at 76 years
Marlene and I became friends at Galveston's William B. Travis Elementary School in the late 1940s, and since we lived nearby each other, we often played together.

In the 6th grade I got a ship-to-shore short wave radio for Christmas. Since we lived in Galveston were there is a big port, the ship-to-shore broadcasting company, McKay Radio had operators working around the clock. Some messages were vocal, but most were Morse Code.

Soon the operators knew my name and that I was about 11, so they would talk to me via the radio. When I showed this to Marlene, she couldn't believe it. She talked to some of the ships' radio officers for vessels that were nearing tge Galveston Bay Roads. It became her favorite thing to do when she came over.

In later life, I don't think Marlene and I ever had a conversation that she didn't bring up the ship-to-shore radio conversations, and how amazing it was that we were able to do that.

Marlene was an extraordinary friend, and she'll be with my memory forever.
Bill Cherry
January 30, 2017
Marlene was lovely. She will be greatly missed.
Marja Martin
January 30, 2017
I had so much great time with Marlene, she has been such a special friend, Santa fe without you will be never the same..
January 30, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of Marlene's passing. I remember her well from our school days in Galveston.
Ellen (Allen) Pack
January 29, 2017
On behalf of myself and my mother, cousin Leah Nathan Goren, our condolences.
John Goren
January 29, 2017
Noel Tolsky Foreman Cousin from Houston, Texas I remember your family on our many trips to Galveston so many years ago. Your father Uncle Davey,the youngest of the living children and my grandmother , Sheindel were sister and brother. Grandma was the oldest, and Dave the youngest. He was carried as a baby when they immigrated from Russia to the U.S.
January 29, 2017
Marlene was one of the people that made everyone feel special. She was my friend and will be greatly missed.
Vicki Mac Culloch
January 29, 2017
Marlene was a sweet, kind and oh so funny woman. She was charming and gracious. I was lucky to have met her. May choirs of angels sing her to her rest. My deepest sympathies to her family and friends. Marlene was, in a word, remarkable.
John Cassese
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