Friends of Norman Marcus often referred to him as a vibrant personality: traveler, cook, playgoer, writer, athlete, co-host (with his wife, Dawn-Marie Driscoll) of delectable parties.
Mr. Marcus was 84 when he died June 22 at his home in Cape Coral after a lengthy illness. He was born in Worcester MA, the son of Russian immigrants, William and Minnie (Feldman) Marcus. His older brothers were Seymour and Joseph (for whom Marcus Hall at the University of Massachusetts is named).
Norman graduated from the University of Massachusetts, where he was a sports announcer, “the voice of the Redmen,” then earned a master’s degree from Syracuse University. He served in the U.S. Army then worked at Paramount Pictures in New York as he launched his lifetime career in media, teaching and broadcasting expertise. In 1962 he helped start WNET (New York’s public television station) then joined the Philadelphia public TV station WHYY where he rose to vice president. From 1978 until his retirement he taught broadcast administration at Boston University, writing several textbooks about the economic relationship between sports and television. He won the national Stanton Award for excellence in teaching broadcasting.
In 1990 Norman moved his family to Cape Coral, where he won scores of trophies playing championship tennis, composed sports commentaries for local newspapers and remained a lifetime die-hard Boston Red Sox fan. He also wrote several musicals for the Cultural Park Theater Company, an outlet for his sparkling, infectious sense of humor. Of particular interest was volunteering to appraise scholarship applications for the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.
He is survived by his wife of over 40 years, Dawn-Marie Driscoll, his son and daughter-in-law Christopher and Emily Marcus, grandchildren Jessica and Zachary Marcus, all of Cape Coral, a niece Arlene Marcus and nephew Steven Marcus of Newton MA, and nephew Alan Marcus of Alexandria VA.
For memorial gifts the family suggests a contribution to the Norman Marcus Scholarship Fund, c/o the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, 8771 College Parkway, Building 2, Suite 2, Fort Myers FL 33919. Phone 239-274-5900 (Kathy Edwards), www.floridacommunity.com.