Dr. Sally Jean Marks
1931 - 2018
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Sally Jean Marks, PhD, 86, an internationally known scholar of twentieth century European history, died Saturday, January 13, 2018 in Bethlehem, PA. Born January 18, 1931 in New Haven, CT she was the daughter of the late Percy Marks, writer, and Margaret Gates Marks Barton, artist. Sally attended the Prospect Hill School for Girls before graduating from Wellesley College with honors. After working at the Defense Department in Washington, she gained her M. A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a PhD in international history from the University of London (London School of Economics).
Professor Marks taught at St. Margaret's School, Waterbury, CT, the Laycock School, Westport, CT, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Rhode Island College, and Brown University. In addition to numerous articles in journals in this country and abroad, she published four volumes of history, specializing in inter-war European international relations. Her monograph, Innocent Abroad: Belgium at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, won the George Louis Beer Prize of the American Historical Association (AHA) and the senior scholar award of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honorary society.
She received fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the AHA. A member of numerous historical organizations, she chaired committees for the AHA, the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the Conference Group for Central European History. A member of the Tauber Institute, l'Institut royal des relations internationales in Brussels, and the Royal Anglo-Belgian Club in London, she also served on the Editorial Board of H-Diplo, the internet discussion group for diplomatic historians.
Professor Marks was a member of the RI Historical Society, the Providence Art Club, the Providence Committee on Foreign Relations, and the Providence Athenaeum and its book group. She served on the governing boards of Common Cause of RI, Project Learn, the American Association of University Professors of RI, the Providence branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the Friends of the Rochambeau Library, and the Mystery Buffs of RI. She also tutored for Volunteers in Providence Schools, was a docent at the Holocaust Museum of RI, and worked on book sales for the AAUW, the Rochambeau Library and the Athenaeum.
She is survived by her stepsister, Wendy Bingert of Easton, PA; niece and nephews: Suzanne Bingert, Thomas Bingert and Stephen Bingert and his wife Kiasha and their daughter Ginger.
Services are private; the Ashton Funeral Home, Easton, PA is handling arrangements. Offer online condolences at www.AshtonFuneralHome.com.

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Published in The Providence Journal from Jan. 17 to Jan. 21, 2018.
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January 15, 2020
Professor Marks was a true intellectual who inspired me to become a teacher. In a workshop yesterday, when asked about teachers who motivated us to become teachers ,I remembered Dr. Marks and her absorbing and compelling lectures.
Patricia Bergantini
January 20, 2018
Please accept my condolences for your loss. Grief can be so hard, but the fond memories you cherish can comfort and sustain you during this time. Matthew 11:28, 29, 30
January 19, 2018
Sally Marks was one of the best professors I have ever had. I still cherish the memories of her insightful lectures,30 years later.
Patricia Bergantini
January 18, 2018
My deepest sympathy, may God give your family strength and peace at this time of sorrow. Romans 15:13
January 18, 2018
As the days and weeks pass,and as you return to lifes routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. Chronicles 6:29,30. My sincerest condolences.
Gresilda Varona
January 18, 2018
Please accept my condolences for the loss of a cherished one. May John 3:16 prove to be a comfort for you and your family during this difficult time.
January 18, 2018
You are not alone during this time of sorrow and pain. May God give your family strength and comfort to help you endure this loss. As you remember your beloved one, the God of peace give you comfort and peace in every way. May you find Strength from the love and care that surrounds you and comfort in the memories that you shared. Please accept my sincere condolences. 2 Thessalonians 2 15,16
January 18, 2018
My sincerest condolences on the loss of your love one. May the God of all comfort strengthen your family during this difficult time. Those who pass on God keeps in his memory they are precious in his eyes. - Psalms 116:15
January 18, 2018
May you all have the strength you need at this time of sorrow, Phillipians 4:13.- Philadelphia.
January 18, 2018
Deepest condolences to the Marks Family. Keep the memories close to your heart. Allow God to give you all strength during this time. Psalms 29:11
A. Thomas
January 17, 2018
Sally was such a good friend and Rhode Island College colleague of my late mother Carol Schaefer. They enjoyed a number of overpriced dinners at Café Nuovo during Waterfire. I will miss seeing Sally at Seven Stars or the grocery store. What a wonderful body of work!

Peder Schaefer - Lafayette '72
Peder Schaefer
January 16, 2018
My condolences to your family during this difficult time. May the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 comfort your family.
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