Rudolph A. Marcus
Nov 5, 2009
Rudolph A. Marcus
“Rudolph Arthur Marcus, the only son of Myer and Esther Cohen Marcus, was born on July 21, 1923” in Ormstown, a town located near Montreal (Rudolph A. Marcus Biography). Rudolph and his family lived in Ormstown until he was three years old and then moved to Detroit shortly after his mother had a miscarriage (Shirley K. Cohen Dec 1, 4, 7, 1993) His family lived in Detroit, where they had relatives, until Marcus was nine years old. After five years of being in Detroit, the Marcus family returned back to Montreal where Rudolph continued school. Neither of Marcus’ parents had a high school education. His mother, who was born in Manchester, England, was not able to get an education due to the fact that her family did not have the funds. Marcus’ father, on the other hand, chose to drop out after grade school. His mother was a singer and a self-taught piano player, while his father had several different jobs while Rudolph was growing up. Some of these jobs included being a small time clothing manufacturer and interning at the Montreal Gazette. While his father was very involved in sports, Rudolph was always more drawn to his books. Rudolph had three idols growing up. Two of his idols were his uncles who both had MD’s from McGill and the third being his great uncle who lived in Sweden, who could allegedly speak thirteen. The Marcus family originated from the town of Wilkomir in what is now Lithuania, but at that time was Russia. They later moved to New York after Rudolph’s father was born and then to Canada. Rudolph’s first encounter with McGill occurred when he was a baby and his mother used to wheel him around campus. The idea of Rudolph attending McGill had occurred for as long as he could remember, both of his uncles on his mother’s side went to McGill and were successful doctors. Marcus went to an essentially all-Jewish school, Baron Byng, growing up in Montreal where...
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