The Leopold Marcus memorial lectureship at Washington University was established by Jack and Gertrude Marcus in honor of Jack’s father Leopold Marcus. Understanding the need for student involvement, he requested that the graduate students in the department be involved in the selection of the speaker and the organization of the lecture.
Involved in the pharmaceutical industry for many years, Jack and Gertrude Marcus established the Missouri Analytical laboratories in 1964 as an independent pharmaceutical testing and manufacturing company. In 1974, they founded the Missouri Research laboratory, a manufacturing company which produces povidone-iodine powder, an antibacterial agent used in surgical scrubs and liquid preps.
Jack Marcus was an active member of the St. Louis section of the ACS during the sixties and seventies. He worked as Affiliate Director of the Continuing Education Extension at Washington University, and organized a successful lecture series. He received the ACS Board of Directors Citation in 1967 for his work in Continuing Education. Jack Marcus was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Health and Honorary Vice President of the St. Louis University. He also established the Leopold Marcus Award Competition at St. Louis University.
Marcus Lecture Committee: The committee organizing the Marcus Lecture is entirely student run and student governed. Graduate students select future committee members, all of whom serve for 2 years. The committee is currently made up of the following members:
2nd-year graduate students: Leonel Griego, Meikun Shen, Kendra White, Ike West
3rd-year graduate students: Matthew Medcalf, Edward Saliba, Luciano Santino, Sofia Smith