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Elliott Marcus (1932-2011)



Dr. Elliott M. Marcus was a Professor of Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a former Professor at Tufts Medical School. He was a scholarship student at Yale University and graduated magna cum laude with distinction in psychology in 1954. He was selected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society in his junior year at Tufts Medical School. He received postgraduate training in medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital and in neurology, neuropathology and neurophysiology at Tufts New England Medical Center and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. While at Columbia, he met his future wife, Dr. R. Nuran Turksoy and became a supporter of women in medicine. He was passionate about the teaching of neuroscience and neurology, and established the neuroscience teaching program at Tufts. In 1976 he moved to UMass Medical School and to St. Vincent's Hospital in Worcester, where he organized an academic neurology service. After his retirement in 1998, he continued to teach neurology to students and residents. He received numerous teaching awards at Tufts and UMass and published many research papers in the field of epilepsy. He co-authored four neuroscience textbooks with Dr. Stanley Jacobson and was working on a new revision of his first book, An Introduction to Neurosciences, at the time of his death in 2011. He was the founding President of the Massachusetts Neurological Association in 1978 and served as MNA President again in 1995-1997. He was an active member of the American Neurological Association, the American Epilepsy Society, and the American Academy of Neurology. He was an avid sailor, student of history, and loved exploring archeological sites in Turkey and Greece.