Dr. John Marks Book of Remembrance

Thank you for visiting this tribute page  to Dr John Marks


Dr Marks was CUWBC Senior Treasurer from 1977 to 1993 and Honorary Treasurer of CUBC from 1986 to 1996 and 1998/99.  He was a Life Fellow of Girton College where a beautiful sports pavilion was named in his honour.  Dr Marks once said ‘Sport is an essential ingredient of the all-round education’. How wise he was.

Dr Marks worked in several medical research and administrative posts, some executive, many consultant. These included the roles, of  Research, Marketing Director and  CEO of the British and Commonwealth office of a major foreign international company.  He wrote or edited, alone or with others some 30 technical books and monographs in several disciplines.  And in addition to this Dr Marks was involved in the writing of several books on rowing history.


Dr Marks was a charming man who always had kind words and a smile for everyone he met.  He is fondly remembered by so many members of the Cambridge University rowing community and will be much missed.


We ask you to leave a tribute to Dr Marks and share your memories of this very special member of our CUWBC family.

  • Anna Mary Young
    Posted at 21:22h, 29 April Reply

    The lovely Dr Marks. Guided me through my years as CUWBC junior treasurer with charm, diplomacy, common sense and that twinkle in his eye. A great man who in the 80s fielded us girls and worked tirelessly to support CUWBC and help us to fund our burgeoning sport. We will miss him sorely.

  • AngelaJones
    Posted at 00:34h, 30 April Reply

    A true gentleman and a truly gentle man. Wise and kind, loyal and brave. I will miss him.

  • Catie Colston
    Posted at 16:30h, 01 May Reply

    I would never have survived as Secretary of CUWBC without the thoughtful & calm guidance of the lovely John Marks. He helped make sense of so many things.

  • Cath BIshop
    Posted at 18:38h, 04 May Reply

    Incredible man, such a gentleman and stalwart supporter, incredibly dedicated to all aspects of Cambridge University rowing. We owe him so much.

  • Cate Elwood
    Posted at 06:57h, 05 May Reply

    My memories of John Marks in the 1980s, are of the most wonderful, enthusiastic and warm gentleman. Two years ago, on his ‘big’ birthday’, I sent him a celebratory email and we had he most wonderful exchange talking about family, his writing, his career as a hockey player (something I knew nothing about), and of course rowing ! He enthused about everything and his opinions were as wise as ever. A truly remarkable individual who made such a difference. CUWBC owes him so much.

  • kate grose
    Posted at 07:01h, 06 May Reply

    Dr Marks was a delightful and charming man. He supported us throughout and was determined to ensure that the women had recognition despite the lack of funding for so many years. I am very sad that he is no longer with us.

  • Karen Wiemer
    Posted at 09:16h, 09 May Reply

    Indeed, the lovely Dr Marks. He was the quiet gentleman who would help Roger push us off the Leander dock and wish us well on race day. It was only years later I realised just how much he had been doing for the club over the years. He was unwavering in his support and seemed unstoppable. He will be missed.

  • Carol Williams
    Posted at 08:46h, 10 May Reply

    John had a great breadth of knowledge of rowing, not just the actual rowing but also its administration and the personalities who played their part in all aspects of the sport.

    As well as becoming the first joint senior treasurer for both CUBC and CUWBC he worked hard to try to bring the two clubs together for both the sharing of equipment and socially.

    John also had a liking for lists and order and was undeterred by the size of any project to gather records of clubs and list the race results and those to whom blues were awarded. He was also co-author of an excellent book on the Cambridge bumping races. As a nonagenarian he put himself forward for the enormous task of preparing the second volume of Abraham’s record of the results of all inter varsity sports since the 1930s.

  • Jimmy Daboo
    Posted at 20:42h, 19 May Reply

    I was lucky enough to know John when I was trailing for and eventually coxed the 1984 CUWBC crew. John was always encouraging and radiated a love for the sport and a kind quiet determination to see CUWBC succeed. And a success it undoubtedly is in no small part due to John’s efforts over many years. John was a mentor to me and I am truly grateful. Thank you John.

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