Located on the east side of campus, the Marx Center is named in honor of Lawrence Marx, Jr., of Purchase, N.Y., who became interested in the College when his daughter, Lynn Marx Silverman ’64, enrolled at Hood in 1960.
Mr. Marx’s interest in the College continued to grow, and in return, the College asked Mr. Marx to serve on the Board of Associates, and later, the Board of Trustees. The Lawrence Marx, Jr., Resource Management Center, dedicated in 1983, is named in recognition of his outstanding leadership to Hood.
Today, the Marx Center serves as the Honors House- with rooms designated for students in the Honors Program- as well as a meeting space. The facility includes Driscoll Commons, a classroom, office, and three apartments.
Mr. Marx was born in New Rochelle, N.Y. on April 16, 1915, one of the two children of Lawrence and Estelle Marx. His brother’s name was Albert. He is a graduate of the Horace Mann School and Phillips Exeter Academy, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1936.
Mr. Marx and his wife, Jane, were married in 1938 and had two children: Lynn, and Lawrence Marx, III. who graduated from Stanford University. Mrs. Marx, a devoted mother and philanthropic community leader, died in 1987.
A successful businessman, Mr. Marx followed his father’s footsteps into the family business now known as United Merchants and Manufacturers, a textile-processing firm with offices in New York and Teaneck, New Jersey. He has since retired as executive vice president.
Mr. Marx was named a member of the Board of Associates in 1965. In 1967 he was asked to serve on the Board of Trustees and was elected chair of the board in 1974. He was noted for his uncanny ability to understand the role of a board in the governance of an institution. It was during his tenure as chair of the board from 1974 to 1979 that Hood underwent its greatest growth, nearly tripling its enrollment. Under Mr. Marx’s leadership, the College strengthened its undergraduate and graduate programs, reaffirmed its two-fold mission as a residential college for women and an educational institution for all citizens in the region, rededicated itself to community service, and quickly moved to the national forefront as a leading liberal arts institution. Mr. Marx was also instrumental in establishing the College’s financial aid office, the continuing education program (now known as Adult Learning Services), and in bringing Martha Church to Hood in 1975, the first woman chosen to serve as the College’s president.
An avid believer in philanthropy, Mr. Marx was active in fundraising for Hood, providing leadership to the College’s Diamond Anniversary Campaign in 1968, and the New Horizons for Hood Campaign in 1978.
In 1985 the College awarded him an honorary doctor of humanities degree. In 1990 he received the Distinguished Service Award in Trusteeship given by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges at the Naitonal Conference on Trusteeship at its annual meeting in San Diego, California.
Mr. Marx has been an active member of the Dartmouth Alumni Council and active in alumni fundraising and recruitment for his alma mater. He is a member of the Stanford Associates of Stanford University and former chairman of the Parents Fund at Stanford.
Generous and caring, Mr. Marx is a public-minded individual with deep convictions about the need for community service. He has been a trustee of the United Hospital in Port Chester, New York; a trustee and chair of the board for the Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged; a former vice president of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies in New York; and a founder and member of the executive committee for the Westchester Classic Golf Tournament.
An avid sportsman, Mr. Marx was captain of his tennis team at Dartmouth as well as a squash racquets champion. He was a golfer with a 1 (one) handicap and a five-time champion of the Quaker Ridge Golf Club. A skilled sailor, he was a member of the crew that represented Long Island Sound in the Men’s Nationals and was a subscriber of the syndicate that built the yacht Intrepid, the successful defender of the America’s Cup in 1967.
Mr. Marx has a passion for photography, and many of his photographs can be found in the Marx Center.
An emeritus trustee, Mr. Marx is still active in the life of the College and often attends trustee meetings. Hood is grateful for his splendid leadership and his continued involvement with the College.