Sandy Cole Marks

Sandy Cole Marks

Male 1910 - 2005  (94 years)

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  • Name Sandy Cole Marks 
    Born 20 Nov 1910 
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 Nov 2005 
    Person ID I1477  avefamily
    Last Modified 16 Nov 2007 

    Father Alexander Hamilton Marks,   b. 28 Jul 1867 
    Mother Mary Luola Avent,   b. 21 May 1873,   d. 1944  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 23 Dec 1896  Unknown Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F009  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Marks, Sandy Cole (1910-2005)
    Marks, Sandy Cole (1910-2005)

  • Notes 

      Former UNC School of Dentistry faculty member,
      died on Tuesday, November 08, 2005, just days short of his 95th birthday.

      Sandy Marks was born on November 20, 1910, in Apex, North Carolina. He was the eighth of ten children of Alexander Hamilton and Mary Luola Avent Marks. After graduating from Acme Delco High School, he went to Davidson College in Davidson, NC, for two years, and then to Atlanta Southern Dental College in Atlanta, GA. Following his graduation from Dental School in 1933, he returned to Wilmington, NC, where he opened a dental practice. In 1936, he married Katherine "Kitty" Stuart Woods, a registered nurse in Wilmington, NC. They had three children, Sandy Cole, Jr. (Julia), Stuart (Martha), and Katie.

      In 1948, Dr. and Mrs. Marks went to the mission field as missionaries in the Belgian Congo with the American Presbyterian Congo Mission. While there, Dr. Marks was instrumental in starting a Dental School to train Congolese dental nurses. When Congo became independent in 1960, the Marks family was evacuated to Southern Rhodesia (what is now Zimbabwe). As the legal representative of the Presbyterian Mission, Dr. Marks went back to Congo while Mrs. Marks and Katie returned to the United States.

      After Dr. Marks came home the following year, he entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his M.S. in Pedodontics in 1963. After two years on the staff at Howard University, he returned and taught at the UNC School of Dentistry until his retirement in 1976. Following his retirement from UNC, he became more involved with the Medical Benevolence Foundation and the opening of a post-graduate clinic for training dental graduates in Zaire (former Belgian Congo).

      There were numerous trips to Zaire during this time and he was usually accompanied by his faithful wife, Kitty. In 1997, in recognition of his life achievements, Dr. Marks was inducted into the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem Knights Hospitaller as a Knight of Merit. The last 10+ years of his life were spent at Glenaire in Cary, North Carolina.

      His wife, a son, Sandy Marks, Jr., and a grandson, Mark Sawyer, preceded him in death.

      He leaves a son, Stuart (Martha) Marks; a daughter, Katie Sawyer; a daughter-in-law, Julia Westberg Marks; two sisters, "Gee" Myers and Louise Slack; a sister-in-law, Nancy Marks. He also leaves eight grandchildren, Christine (Jeff) Anderson and Sandy (Lisa) Marks, Stephan Marks and Jon (Cara) Marks, and Will (Amy Di La Marra) Sawyer, Kathy (Eric Swanson) Sawyer, Liz (Abby McCarron) Sawyer, and Jesse Sawyer; and seven great- grandchildren.