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L. Howard Marcus business papers, 1940-1979

Identifier: MSS 3775 Series 3 Sub-Series 3

Scope and Contents

Papers relating to L. Howard Marcus's employment and business interests, including various resumes, and his employment application to work for the government during World War II. Dated 1940-1979.


  • 1940-1979


Access Note

Open for public research. Negatives are kept separate in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Conditions of Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Marcus family papers and photographs must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

From the Series:

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.


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