Peter B. Marcus
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Peter B. Marcus
  • March 22, 1942 - June 16, 2017
  • Dallas, Texas

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Peter Brian Marcus passed away at home surrounded by loved ones. He had bravely fought a dangerous form of leukemia for nearly 18 months.

Peter was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and shortly after moved with his parents to the idyllic wine producing town of Stellenbosch, where he received all his schooling. He received his medical training at the University of Stellenbosch. This culminated in his receiving his Masters degree in Anatomic Pathology with high honors.

Following a period of a few years as assistant professor in Pathology, he immigrated with the sweetheart of his youth, his wife Brenda, and their two young boys, David and Barry, to the United States where they settled in Dallas, Texas.

He pursued a 40 year career in Pathology in Dallas that included 26 years at the Methodist Health System, where he chaired the Department of Pathology for the last 9 years of his tenure. Over the course of his career, he published over 25 original articles in peer review journals, and also co-authored a Pathology textbook that went into a 2nd edition.

Immediately after leaving Methodist, he joined Caris Life Sciences, where he became a Caris certified Gastrointestinal Pathologist. He then joined the cancer division of Caris Life Sciences, doing testing providing valuable information on the selection of chemo-theraupetic agents for cancer patients. Peter was devoted to all his patients and the doctors whom he advised.

Peter was a devoted husband, loving father, and was unremittingly loyal to all his friends. Peter was thankful for a long and productive life, including functioning as co-chair of the annual JCC Film Festival for 8 years, and assisting his wife with the Jewish Family Service Chronic Pain Support group for 16 years. He and his family joined Congregation Shearith Israel shortly after arriving in Dallas, and has remained a member all these years.

Peter was a man of many and varied interests, and built up a library that overflowed his family's home. He was an avid reader and had Catholic taste in literature. He was a brilliant writer, artist, poet, but never had time to devote to these pursuits. He loved entertaining with Brenda and cooking in the kitchen, enjoyed good wines and was an amateur wine taster. He was a keen bird watcher and loved nature. He loved to travel with Brenda and the family.

He had a great sense of humor and brightened the lives of those around him. He was a man of great composure and always remained calm in an emergency and was rarely in a bad mood. He will always be remembered for his warm smile and his loving kindness. He will be dearly be missed by his family, friends, and all who knew