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Obit: Louis Marder
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0615  Friday, 18 December 2009

[Editor's Note: Surely, there must be a few more stories people could 
share. I realize that there might be some you might not want to share (I 
have received some), but Louis was a gem. Let's celebrate him a bit 
more. --Hardy]

[1] From:   William Godshalk <
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     Date:   Tuesday, 15 Dec 2009 15:54:08 -0500
     Subj:   RE: SHK 20.0606 Obit: Louis Marder

[2] From:   Mary Brammall <
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     Date:   Thursday, 17 Dec 2009 05:39:41 -0500
     Subj:   Dr. Louis Marder


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From:       William Godshalk <
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Date:       Tuesday, 15 Dec 2009 15:54:08 -0500
Subject: 20.0606 Obit: Louis Marder
Comment:    RE: SHK 20.0606 Obit: Louis Marder

Louis and I shared a bus trip to a venue in which he was going to 
present slides (yes, it was a long time since) of his Shakespeare 
collection.  --  Perhaps it was Dayton. --  We talked about his 
collection for the duration of the trip. I thought he meant a book 
collection.

Boy, was I surprised.

Bill

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From:       Mary Brammall <
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Date:       Thursday, 17 Dec 2009 05:39:41 -0500
Subject:    Dr. Louis Marder

Like you, I had searched (daily) for any mention of Lou's obituary . . . 
Evanston and Chicago newspapers . . . but never found anything. 
Apparently, there was a memorial service on December 10th . . . but 
without any public notice of his passing who would know to attend? 
Seemed very strange to me, but then that's nothing new. Your comments in 
your obituary really hit the nail on the head!

Louis Marder was my father-in-law for 18 years, the grandfather of my 
daughter (his only grandchild). He was generous, to a fault, and highly 
intelligent, but I often wondered about 'common sense'. Indeed, he was 
addicted to Shakespeare . . . how my poor mother-in-law did suffer! 
When he retired from teaching, the contents of his office came to live 
with them in their relatively small house, which was already full of 
Shakespeare memorabilia. When my daughter was diagnosed with ADD, the 
idea of the heredity aspect of the condition came into question. Lou had 
wanted his granddaughter to come live with them and help him sort out 
all his stuff. It seemed she was the only one he would listen to, or not 
mind if she told him what needed to be done. She declined. I always 
found it interesting that my sister-in-law went into the field of 
psychology. Since my husband was a computer scientist/programmer, Lou 
would continually pump him for information when the Shakespeare Data 
Bank was still just a glimmer in his eye, but I don't know as any 
expertise was ever shared. Lou lived a full and dedicated life . . . 
dedicated to the memory of Shakespeare. You didn't mention his being a 
coach to one of the contestants on the $64,000 (or maybe one of the 
later ones) Question . . . .

Thank you for your consideration and taking the time to honor a real 
'character'.

Sincerely,
Mary Newbold (Marder) Brammall

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