Pitzer Spotlights

2004-2005 Spotlight Archives

Lucian Marquis: Pitzer Loses a Legacy

A brief memorial service, planned by Lucian Marquis, will take place on Saturday, March 5 at 2:00 pm at the Margaret Fowler Garden on the Scripps Campus. The Pitzer community is invited to attend.

January 24, 2005

Dear Friends,

It is with great sadness I inform you that a beloved member of the Pitzer community, Professor Emeritus of Political Studies Lucian Marquis, has passed away after a long illness. He is survived by his wife Jane and their two children.

Lucian Marquis was born in Stuttgart, Germany and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles. He was a member of the Pitzer College faculty from 1967 until 1991.

Lucian MarquisI was privileged to meet Lucian on one special occasion last year when he visited the Pitzer campus with Jane to see the redecoration of the Lucian Marquis Library and Reading Room in Mead Hall. Lucian exemplified the very finest of Pitzer College’s values in that he remained dedicated to the personal educational experience between a faculty member and student. Alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the College have shared with me again and again how deeply their lives were touched by Lucian’s influence in their intellectual and personal development. His legacy was recognized by the community during the 1994 dedication ceremony renaming the Mead Hall Library in his name where it was said, “We are happy to have ‘the purely material entity’ of the true Lucian Marquis Library, which is scattered far and wide in the minds of his former students.”

My deepest sympathy is extended to his family and friends. The Pitzer College community has been privileged to have had such an extraordinary member of the faculty with such deep and passionate commitment to his students and to the College for more than thirty years.


Laura Skandera Trombley