Local public servant dies at age 90
BY ELIZABETH STUDEBAKER Feature Writer
BEAVERCREEK — The accomplishments and volunteer advocacy of Rafael (Marc) Marderosian gave a new meaning to “public servant.”
Marderosian passed away at his home in Beavercreek on Tuesday at the age of 90. At his side was his wife of 67 years, Birdella (Birdie). According to his son Dan Marderosian, his Dad had been under home hospice care since last January.
Marc once said, “I do the best I can for everyone.”
He certainly did. Throughout the Beavercreek community that he loved and lived in since 1960 are visible evidences of those accomplishments.
Individuals, organizations and other entities have benefitted, been recognized and entertained by Marc’s creativity, dedication and ambition. His son said family, friends and colleagues “will have their say” at the memorial gathering Saturday from 3-5 p.m. at the Beavercreek Senior Center in Lofino Plaza on Dayton-Xenia Road. This will be an opportunity to share memories.
Visitation will be held from 1-3 pm. Saturday, Nov. 23 at Newcomer Funeral Home, 3380 Dayton-Xenia Road.
His goal was to preserve history and teach future generations the importance of civic participation. His son shared that of all his father’s contributions to the community and far beyond, the three of the greatest civic importance were acquisition and establishment of the Senior Center in Lofino Plaza as well as creation of the Veterans Memorial and 9/11 Memorial, both located at often-visited sites on North Fairfield Road in Beavercreek.
The Marderosians came to Beavercreek in 1960 when he accepted a position as a flight test engineer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He served both as a Beavercreek councilman and vice mayor.
The organizations to which he belonged and activities in which he was involved would “fill a page,” his son shared.
Like a whirlwind, Marderosian circumvented his surroundings with charm, friendship and successes.
See the obituary on page 3.
Elizabeth Studebaker, a feature writer for Greene County Newspapers, was a friend and colleague of Marc Marderosian for more than a quarter of a century. She recalls Marc’s visits to the Xenia Daily Gazette offices in downtown Xenia to “turn in” his column. The white-haired gentleman with a warm smile and twinkling eyes was a knowledgeable conversationalist.
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