John Marus, who was a member of Community Board 10 since John Lindsay was mayor, passed away in Pennsylvania on Dec. 6 at the age of 81.
A native of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, Marus lived in Staten Island for a time before relocating to Howard Beach, where he lived from 1958 until 2011 when he relocated to Newtown, Penn.
He sat on Community Board 10 for four decades, serving as chairman of the Land Use Committee and first vice chairperman.
A civic leader in the Rockwood Park section of Howard Beach as the neighborhood grew in the 1960s and 1970s, Marus was instrumental in getting new schools and the Howard Beach Library sited and constructed. He once ran unsuccessfully for the New York State Assembly.
Marus graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School, received his Bachelors of Civil Engineering from Cooper Union, and earned a number of advanced degrees from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. He worked for Republic Aviation, Xerox and Bell Communications, and was a professor of Business Administration at York College in Jamaica.
Marus also served on the Board of Trustees of Jamaica Hospital Medical Center for 30 years.
CB 10 members held a moment of silence for Marus at their meeting last Thursday.
“He served this community for over 40 years,” said CB 10 chairwoman Betty Braton. “He will be missed.”
His wife, Dorothea, died in 1990. He is survived by his sons Robert and James, his grandchildren — Drew, Caroline and William — and his daughters-in-law, Patti and May.