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Marcus, L. Howard (Lewis Howard), 1919-1984



  • Existence: 1919 - 1984

Biographical History

Louis Howard Marcus (1919-1984) was a member of the Salt Lake City Planning Committee and was a key figure in many developments in the city.

Louis Howard Marcus was born on April 22, 1919 to Louis and Gertrude Levin Marcus in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from East High in Salt Lake City and afterward attended Stanford University, graduating with an economics degree in 1940. He then attended Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration from 1940-1941.

During World War II he served in the Salt Lake City branch of the U.S. Office of Price Administration, and then in the San Francisco branch of the U.S. Office of War Information, working in Psychological Warfare. After the war he served as vice president of the R.T. Harris Advertising Agency and was the president of the Tower Theatre, where he was active in the theatre community, not unlike his father.

Marcus married Wilma Ferderber, of a prominent family in Los Angeles, on April 10, 1947, with whom he had three sons--Stephen, William, and Roger.

Marcus was considered a civic and philanthropic leader and during his life time he served as a member of the Utah Symphony Board of Trustees (1948-1951), was named to the Salt Lake City Planning Committee in the 1950's and served as vice chairman of the commission from 1957 to 1961. Also during this time he was chairman of the zoning subcommittee, chairman of the Civic Belt Route Planning Committee and vice chairman of the Salt Lake County Gravel Study committee. In 1963 he was named president of First Capital Corp. and was very active in personal investments.

He was also chairman of the Salt Lake City Aviary Commission and was later appointed to the Tracy Aviary Advisory Board. He was a member of the Congregation Kol Ami and B'nai B'rith and served as chairman of the Israel Bond Drive for Utah, as well as being a trustee and treasurer for the Congregation B'nai Israel. He was very active with the National Hemophilia Foundation being a trustee and member of the foundation's national executive committee, as well as the vice president and trustee of the Utah chapter. He was president of the Duckville Gun Club, the Utah Skeet Shooting Association, and was a member of the Holladay Gun Club.

Marcus died on February 13, 1984 in Salt Lake City, UT of heart complications at the age of 64, preceded in death by his son Roger. He was often referred to as L. Howard Marcus in newspaper and business correspondence, but was commonly known as Howard to family and friends. Occasionally he is referred to as Louis or Louis Howard in personal letters.

UPB files, July 3, 2013: (born April 22, 1919; father Louis Marcus; mother Gertrude Levin Marcus; born in Salt Lake City, Utah; graduated from East High; attended Stanford University; graduated with economics degree, 1940; attended Harvard Graduate School of Business Administratio, 1940-1941; served in Salt Lake City branch of U. S. Office of Price Administration during World War II; served in San Francisco branch of U.S. Office of War Information in Psychological Warfare; vice president of R.T. Harris Advertising Agency after war; president of the Tower Theatre; active in theatre community like his father; married Wilma Ferderber on April 10, 1947; three sons Stephen, William, and Roger; civic and philanthropic leader; member of Utah Symphony Board of Trustees, 1948-1951; Salt Lake City Planning Committee in 1950s; vice chairman of commission from 1957 to 1961; chairmain of zoning subcommittee; chairman of Civic Belt Route Planning Committee; vice chairman of Salt Lake County Gravel Study committee; president of First Capital Corp. in 1963; active in personal investments; chairmain of Salt Lake City Aviary Commission; appoitned to Tracy Aviary Advisory Board; member of Congregation Kol Ami and B'nai B 'rith; chaiarman of Israel Bond Drive for Utah; trustee and treasurer for the Congregation B'nai Israel; active in National Hemophilia Foundation; trustee, member, and vice president of Utah chapter; president of Duckville Gun Club; president of Utah Skeet Shooting Association; member of the Holladay Gun Club; died February 13, 1984 in Salt Lake City, UT of heart complications; died age 64; preceeded in death by son Roger; referred to as L. Howard Marcus in newspapers and correspondence; called Howard by family and friends; occassionaly referred to as Louis or Louis Howard in personal letters)

Found in 30 Collections and/or Records:

Marcus family papers

Identifier: MSS 3775
Scope and Contents Note This collection contains letters, financial papers, receipts, newspaper clippings, theatre and opera pamphlets and clippings, school papers, brochures, travel papers, photographs, and books created and collected by Louis Marcus, his wife Gertrude L. Marcus, and their son L. Howard Marcus, starting with family photographs in 1848 ending with the death of L. Howard Marcus in 1984. However, the bulk of the material is from 1911-1955, beginning with the engagement of Louis Marcus and Gertrude...
Dates: 1848-1984

Marcus family photographs

Identifier: MSS P 362
Scope and Contents

Collection includes 65 photographs of the Marcus family, including images of sports activities, taken between the 1920s and the 1930s.

Dates: approximately 1920-1939

Marcus family photographs, approximately 1908-1955

 Sub-Series — Box 13: Series 5 [Barcode: 31197232501202]
Identifier: MSS 3775 Series 5 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains the photographs taken by the Marcus family, including several photographs of early 20th century Utah and surrounding states, postcards from Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and Samoa, photographs from European travel, and a set of photographs of the inside of a house from circa 1920-1950. There are several photographs of Howard Marucs from when he was a newborn to about 5 years old. Also included are a series of sporting photographs, mostly of a polo tournament, and still shots of...
Dates: approximately 1908-1955

Marcus family scrapbooks, approximately 1905-1948

Identifier: MSS 3775 Series 5 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents

Materials include scrapbooks, photographs, newspaper clippings, and photo albums. Most of the photographs are portraits of Gertrude L. Marcus, L. Howard Marcus, and Wilma Marcus. Dated approximately 1905-1948.

Dates: approximately 1905-1948

Negatives of the Marcus family photographs, approximately 1885-1935

 Series — Box 20: Series 5 [Barcode: 31197233622460]
Identifier: MSS 3775 Series 5 Series 6
Scope and Contents

These are the negatives that correspond with the photographs taken by the Marcus family.

Dates: approximately 1885-1935

Newspaper clippings, 1912-1984

Identifier: MSS 3775 Series 4 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents

Materials include newspaper clippings, including news about the family weddings, and articles on Louis, Gertrude, and L. Howard Marcus. Contains materials in Danish. Dated 1912-1984.

Dates: 1912-1984

Paintings and sketches, approximately 1920-1950

Identifier: MSS 3775 Series 5 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains amateur paintings found admist the Marcus family papers.

Dates: approximately 1920-1950

Pamphlets and programs, 1914-1949

Identifier: MSS 3775 Series 4 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents

Materials include theatre programs, pamphlets, schedules, and magazines collected by various family members. Dated 1914-1949.

Dates: 1914-1949

Photographs and paintings, approximately 1848-1984

Identifier: MSS 3775 Series 5
Scope and Contents Photographs and paintings belonging to the Marcus family. Includes studio portraits, professionally taken photographs, as well as family snap shots and scrapbooks. There are several group photographs pertaining to Louis Marcus' business and mayoral activities, and include people such as Cecil B. DeMille, Harold B. Lee, Amelia Earhart, and other prominant figures of the day. Travel photographs are also included, and contain several of Utah and surrounding states during the early 1900s. Dated...
Dates: approximately 1848-1984

Portraits and photographs of the Marcus family and others, approximately 1848-1982

 Sub-Series — Box 12: Series 5 [Barcode: 31197232501194]
Identifier: MSS 3775 Series 5 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains the portraits done either at a studio or by a professional photographer of the Marcus and Levin families. Also group photographs taken of Louis Marcus' political and business activities. Included in these are photographs with Amelia Earhart, Harold B. Lee, several Hollywood actors and actresses, and other prominent people of the day. Dated approximately 1848-1982.

Dates: approximately 1848-1982

Additional filters:

Archival Object 28
Collection 2
Mayors -- Utah 24
Aeronautics -- Utah -- History 23
Jews -- Utah -- History 23
Salt Lake City (Utah) -- Politics and government -- 20th century 23
Women -- Utah -- Salt Lake City -- Societies and clubs -- History 23
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World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews -- Utah 23
World War, 1939-1945 -- Utah 23
Salt Lake City (Utah) -- History -- 20th century 15
Letters 11
Home and Family 9
Images 9
Motion picture actors and actresses 9
Motion picture studios 9
Photographs 9
Social Life and Customs 9
Family life 8
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.) 5
Books 4
Daybooks 3
Family records 3
Paintings 3
Pamphlets 3
Programs 3
Business records 2
Certificates 2
Opera 2
Postcards 2
Stock certificates 2
Theater 2
Aeronautics 1
Aeronautics -- Photographs 1
American drama 1
Audits 1
Autobiographies 1
Business enterprises -- Utah 1
Businessmen -- Utah -- Salt Lake City -- Correspondence 1
Catalogs 1
Christian leadership -- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1
Christmas cards 1
Comic books, strips, etc. 1
Correspondence 1
Education, Higher 1
Essays 1
Europe -- Description and travel 1
Film posters 1
Finance, Personal -- Utah 1
Financial records 1
Flags 1
Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Utah -- Salt Lake City -- History 1
History -- Aeronautics 1
Insurance -- Utah 1
Negatives 1
Papers (Documents) 1
Personal papers 1
Posters 1
Publications 1
Receipts (Financial records) 1
Resolutions, Legislative 1
Salt Lake City (Utah) -- Business 1
Salt Lake City (Utah) -- Photographs 1
Schedules (Time plans) 1
Scrapbooks 1
Scrapbooks -- United States 1
Sketches 1
South America -- Description and travel 1
Souvenirs (Keepsakes) 1
Sports 1
Sports -- Photographs 1
Tahiti (French Polynesia : Island) -- Description and travel 1
Tax records 1
Tax returns 1
Telegrams 1
Theater programs 1
Theater programs -- History -- Sources 1
Theaters -- Utah -- Salt Lake City -- Finance 1
Theatrical companies -- Utah -- History 1
Travel 1
Travelers -- Photographs 1
Wills 1
Wills -- Utah -- History -- Sources 1
World War, 1939-1945 -- Correspondence 1
World War, 1939-1945 -- Women 1
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