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Mourning the passing of retired faculty member Leslie B. Marcus

Author: Angie Deveau

Posted on May 15, 2019

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Please join me in offering condolences to family and friends of retired faculty member Leslie B. Marcus (MA, ’62), who passed away on May 2, 2019 in Kentville, NS. He was 81.

After finishing his bachelor of arts at Bishop’s University in 1959, Leslie went on to complete his MA at the University of Arizona in 1962. He began working as a lecturer in the faculty of arts on UNB’s Fredericton campus in 1968 and then at UNB’s Saint John campus in 1969, until his retirement in 1998. He was named assistant professor in 1970.

Not only was Leslie regarded as a well-respected educator in romance languages, he was also a devoted art collector. He began collecting works of art by various maritime artists in 1979. This collection was gifted to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and it includes works by nationally known New Brunswick artists, such as Miller Brittain, Jack Humphrey and Fred Ross.

In addition to his love of art, Leslie had many hobbies and interests. He collected antiques and travelled extensively around the world. He was also interested in short wave radio and kept politically informed by avidly reading various journals, magazines and newspapers.

Many of Leslie’s friends and colleagues remember him for his kindness and generosity. He was a wise, cultured and worldly person, who was extremely proud of his Jewish heritage.

Leslie was buried on May 6 at the Shaarei Zedek Cemetery in Saint John, NB. He will be deeply missed.


Eddy Campbell

President and Vice-Chancellor



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