Sandy C. Marks, Jr., DDS, Ph.D.

Honored Member Award 2000

Sandy Marks, the son of a Presbyterian minister, spent much of his youth growing up in the Belgian Congo. After returning to the U.S. he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington and Lee University, Summa Cum Laude, a D.D.S. from the University of North Carolina, a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University with highest honors and a Master's degree in Periodontics from Tufts Dental School.

He joined the faculty of the newly established University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1970 where he founded the Department of Anatomy and remained there until his death in 2002. He held joint appointments in the departments of Radiology and Surgery and taught medical school courses in anatomy, embryology, immunology, metabolic bone diseases, death and dying and ethics. As founder and Director of the Anatomical Gifts program at UMASS, he held joint appointments as Coordinator of Anatomical Gifts with Boston University, Harvard Medical School, and Tufts Medical School.

Dr. Marks mentored many graduate students, medical students, and post-doctoral scientists and hosted a constant stream of visiting scientists from the world over. His research collaborations included scientists from five continents. He was a Visiting Professor at the Mayo Clinic, the Karolinska lnstitutet Center for Oral Biology in Huddinge, Sweden and the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. He was in frequent demand as an invited lecturer at medical and dental schools across the United States and in Europe, Japan, Southeast Asia, and Australia.

Dr. Marks is known by anatomists for his co-authorship of the 4th and 5th editions of McMinn’s Color Atlas of Human Anatomy with Peter Abrahams and Ralph Hutchings but he was also the author of over 275 scientific publications, research articles, and textbooks covering subjects ranging from bone cell biology, anatomy, reconstructive oral and facial surgery for leprosy patients, medical education, tooth eruption, the radiologic diagnosis of child abuse, and death and dying with dignity. He was the principal investigator on 16 research grants spanning 35 years.

Sandy Marks was a founding member of the AACA and served on its executive council as Vice-President, President-Elect, President and Past President and was the American editor of the AACA’s journal Clinical Anatomy for 10 years. In addition, he served on the editorial boards of Bone, The American Surgeon, and The American Journal of Anatomy and was a member of the Steering Committee of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on dental and craniofacial issues. He was a member of more than 25 professional organizations and received many honors and awards for his tireless contributions as an educator, scientist, and practitioner.

Sandy was recognized posthumously with a teaching "Star" award by the University of Massachusetts Medical School, a Distinguished Scientist Award by the International Society for Dental Research in Goteborg, Sweden, and was the dedicatee of the first joint meeting of the American and European Associations of Clinical Anatomy in Graz, Austria. Following his death a Celebration of Life was organized in his honor by hundreds of his friends, colleagues, and students at UMASS.