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Dr. Donald Henry Marx, 82, entered into rest on November 14, 2018, at his home on St. Helena Island, SC.

Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 17, 2018, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Lady’s Island, SC, with full Untied States Marine Corps honors.

He was the son of Edmund Nicholas Marx and Francis Gorski Marx. Dr. Marx graduated from Benedictine Academy in Savannah, GA. He was conferred a Bachelor of Science by NC State University and a Doctorate in Plant Pathology by the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). He was the recipient of the Marcus Wallenberg Prize, widely considered the Nobel Prize of Forestry and was presented the award by the King of Sweden. He served in the United States Marines and was retired from US Forest Service. Later went on to be one of the Founders of Plant Health Care, Inc.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Selina Van Giesen Marx and brother Frank Marx.

Survivors include siblings Howard, Eddie and Sharon; Sons Donnie and Frank; Daughters Selina, Tammy, and Beth; grandchildren: Leah, Selina, Kathleen, Meagan, Elliott, Austin and Hannah; and great-grandchildren Abby, Ashley, Axel, Tye, Lexie and Aria.

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  1. Eldon Ross says:

    I am saddened to learn of Don’s death. He will always be known around the world for his contributions to science and innovations in the use of mycorrhizae for tree seedling health. To Donnie, Frank, Selina, Tammy, and Beth please accept my sincere sympathy.

  2. Wayne Bell says:

    I am sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He was one of smartest scientist i ever knew. He was great at pulling a team of folks together and getting them passionately working together. I personally learned a lot from him and know you all will greatly miss his strong personality. His contribution to forestry research was huge as noted in his obituary.

  3. Bob and Charlotte Hogue says:

    Dear Marx Family,

    We were saddened to know that Don had passed on. He was a respectful and helpful neighbor to us for over twenty years. We enjoyed our visits on the dock with him and the sharing of fishing experiences. Don will be dearly missed.

    Peace be with you,

    Bob and Charlotte Hogue

  4. Raymond France says:

    I am saddened to hear of the passing of my mentor, fellow research colleague, and a very good friend. His many contributions to our forest science research will never be forgotten. Thanks to Don for so many memories.

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