Richard E.A. Marx Sr.

Jun 6, 1931 - Apr 18, 2017

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Portland - Longtime Superintendent of Schools, Richard E.A. Marx Sr., died on April 18, 2017, surrounded by his loving family at the age of 85. Richard was born in Augusta, Maine, the son of Kathleen Fox and Robert Marx.
Dick was a devout family man and is survived by his wife Cynthia Tanous whom he married in 2009 and by his sons David Marx, Peter Marx and wife Donna, James Marx and wife Kathleen, Richard Marx, Jr. and wife Heather and Roger Marx and wife Cathy. 15 grandchildren, Nathan Bryant and wife Tsvetelina, Toby Bryant, Kathleen Bryant Burkhardt and husband Will, Breanna Bryant Maresh and husband Dan, Marianne Marx Musick and husband Connor, Joseph Marx, Morgan Marx, Jillian Hidy and husband Philip, Paige Marx, Erin Marx, Philip Marx, Nathaniel Smith, Sophie Marx, Josh Marx, Samuel Marx and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a large extended family of step-children and step-grandchildren. Dick was predeceased by two wives, Anne on June 9, 1974, and Pam on July 21, 1998, and by his daughter Susan in 2015.
Dick graduated from Presque Isle High School in 1950. He then joined the U.S Air Force and, as he always said, "fought the battle of Michigan" as a radar specialist on the Keweenaw Peninsula and was honorably discharged after four years of service.
Dick was extremely invested in his education and earned his Bachelor of Education in Math and Science from Aroostook State Teachers College in Presque Isle, ME, and his Master's in Education and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Administration from the University of Maine at Orono.
At the young age of 27, Dick was hired as a Supervising Principal at the Connor Elementary School. From Connor he moved to Hampden, ME, as Principal of the Weatherbee, which in three years, doubled in size under his leadership. From 1963 until his first retirement in 1996, he was the Superintendent of the Buckfield, Livermore Falls, Belfast, and Calais, ME, school systems.
While he initially retired in 1996, Dick found himself drawn back into education, his true passion, over the next decade. After serving many school districts in a variety of roles, Dick fully retired in 2005 at the age of seventy-four. Dick's career in Education spanned forty-seven years from Aroostook County to Calais to Arundel. He was always willing to talk to anyone about anything; his office door was always open and he was proud that he had never had an unlisted home phone number. His children can attest to that!
During his long career, he formed three school districts, built four elementary schools, two high schools, and two vocational centers. He served on the State School Finance Committee for twelve years, was Past President of the Maine Superintendents Association, Past President of the New England Superintendents Association and served two terms on the National Committee for Small Schools. He was an incredible leader, voice of reason and always a friend. He mentored twelve Maine Superintendents during their internships.
There will be a graveside service at Oak Grove Cemetery in Gardner, ME, on June 24, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., with a reception to follow.
Arrangements by Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland, ME. Online condolences may be left at www.hobbsfuneralhome.com.
Published on  April 29, 2017
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