The Lewis University Community is saddened by the death of Dr. William H. Marker, 54, Associate Professor of Economics, who died Tuesday, June 5, at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center. Funeral services for Dr. Marker will include Visitation on Friday, June 8 from 3 to 9 p.m. at Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home, 1500 Black Road in Joliet. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, June 9, at 10:30 a.m., here on the Lewis University campus in Sancta Alberta Chapel.
Dr. Marker joined the faculty at Lewis in 1988 and was noted throughout his career for his passion for teaching and his enthusiastic and effective collaboration on University committees. He held a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate from Northern Illinois University. Chair of the University Academic Affairs Committee (UAAC) at one time, he served many years on that committee. A longtime participant on the Adam Smith Executive Committee, he regularly portrayed economist John Maynard Keynes with other faculty representing historical figures in debating economic theories, policies and systems for the annual Adam Smith Week.
Mission-oriented, Dr. Marker was foremost a teacher and dedicated to the success of his students. He encouraged excellence in academics in the classroom and through his work on the Scholars Council Committee, the Scholars Steering Council, and the Online Learning Committee. Dr. Marker was the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Brother Louis Seiler Ministry of Teaching Award. He also served on the Mission Recognition and Awards Committee which selects the Lasallian Commencement speakers, Lasallian Award recipients and winners of the Father Aquinas Award, presented annually.
Sympathy is extended to his wife, Linda Marker and their children William A., Elizabeth R. and Robert E.; his sister, Cheryl (Stephen) Draun and other family. Condolences may be sent to Linda Marker in care of the College of Business, Unit # 435.