Burton H. Marks

Time of Service:

2:30pm, Friday, February 17, 2017

Place of Service:

Riverside Memorial Chapel
MARKS--Burton Harold, passed away at his home in New York on February 14, 2017 at the age of 84. Burt was predeceased by his parents, Samuel and Sarah, and his sister Beverly. Burt is survived by his loving wife Emily of 57 years; sister Judith Cohen of Boca Raton, FL; sons Paul and Daniel; daughter Lisa Marie, daughters-in-law Margaret and Victoria and his beloved grandchildren Rachel, Samantha, Benjamin and Sofia, who adored him. Born in Brooklyn in 1932, he earned a Bachelors Degree from Brooklyn College in 1953 and was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar at Columbia Law School, graduating in 1957. Eclectic could not begin to describe his law practice where his capacity to see beyond the status quo helped numerous entrepreneurs realize their dreams. Among his clients included one of the first startups to focus on genetic seeds, a company that redesigned external tanks for space, some of the earliest resort conference centers, a winery in Morgan Hill, CA and a Hollywood movie director. Burt was a catalyst behind Social Venture Network, worked Pro Bono for numerous causes and was the President of the City Club of New York during New York City's fiscal crisis of the 1970s. In his later years, Burt worked as a private equity investor and took great joy in mentoring a number of young entrepreneurs as well as friends of his children. He had the unique ability to listen to and grasp the potential in people. He did not offer the answers, but used a sharp analytical mind and an extra dry sense of humor, to comfort, guide and help envision with logic and laughter. His final turn in the work world was as the In-House Counsel & CFO of Argosy International, an aerospace materials firm, for which he became the honorary Chairman. A Brooklyn Dodger and New York (football) Giant, Knick fan, basketball player and a hack on the squash courts at both the City Athletic Club in New York and the Cercle Interallie in Paris, Burton enjoyed sports. New York and later Paris, where he took a sabbatical year in the late 1980s, provided the stages by which he lived life to the fullest. He loved attending concerts, films, lectures, theater and supported multiple cultural organizations in New York. Food and wine played an important role in his life. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the BronxWorks www.bronxworks.org the Bronx Children's Museum (www.bronxchildrens museum.org/) or the UNH Emily Menlo Marks Scholarship Fund www.UNHNY.org .
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