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BcMs MeMBer in tHe neWs

Jerome I. Marcus, MD
Philanthropist
by Lucy J. Cairns, MD, Editor

W

hen the Foundation for Reading Area Community
College celebrated the conclusion of its Science
of Success campaign in October, longtime BCMS
member Dr. Jerome I. Marcus was honored as one of the
leadership donors to this initiative. The achievement of this
major capital campaign has been a tremendous expansion and
enhancement of the science laboratory facilities available to RACC
students. Updating the equipment and capabilities of the lab
will allow RACC to expand its offerings under its new Division of
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and
will confer on students the advantage of becoming familiar with
modern equipment they are likely to encounter in the workplace.
As a member of RACC's medical laboratory training program
for decades and more recently as its medical director, Dr. Marcus
has worked for the success of the college and the students it serves
for years. Finding ways to strengthen organizations which serve
children and young people, especially the disadvantaged, has
become the focus of his life in what he refers to as "my so-called
retirement."
The pre-retirement phase of his life was full of
accomplishments of a different sort. He graduated from the
University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Psychology, earned his
M.D. from Temple University, and became a Clinical Pathologist
through post-graduate training at the Reading Hospital and
Medical Center and the Hershey Medical Center. Later he
founded Omega Medical Laboratories and built it into a very
successful, highly respected business. As much as he enjoyed the
business, there came a time when he recognized that changes in
Medicare and other aspects of health care would eventually make it
impossible for the independent laboratory to survive. With some
trepidation about how he would fill his time, he sold the lab in
2005 and set about creating a new life for himself.
To understand what came next, a little Marcus family history is
important. Dr. Marcus' father aspired to a college education but
graduated from high school during the Great Depression when
resources were scant. There were two scholarships and he was third
in the class, thereby missing being eligible for a scholarship by a

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