Tributes

Dr. John H. Marburger, IIIFrom Stony Brook President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD
Jack Marburger was a superb advocate for science, a visionary leader, and a highly skilled administrator who successfully led three vital institutions, Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Jack’s devotion to Stony Brook University was matchless. He was a man of extraordinary energy, a man who loved solving problems both scientific and administrative, a man of action, who was also thoughtful, contemplative, and very strategic.
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From former US President George W. Bush
I am saddened by the loss of Dr. John Marburger. I was honored to serve with Jack at the White House. He was my top advisor on science and technology policy throughout my Administration, and he was a joy to work with. Jack was dedicated to his field, his family, and his country. He was respected and admired by all who were privileged to know him. Laura and I will keep Jack’s wife, Carol, and their family in our thoughts and prayers.

From SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher
On behalf of the entire SUNY community I want to extend my most sincere condolences to the family of John H. Marburger III. Jack's stalwart leadership as president of Stony Brook University from 1980 to 1994 and his subsequent association with Brookhaven National Laboratory took Stony Brook to new and unprecedented levels. Stony Brook University Hospital is the leading, world-class facility that it is today in large part because of Jack's expansive vision and guidance. Generations of students and patients will continue to benefit immeasurably from his intellectual largesse. There is no overestimating Jack's achievements and contributions to higher education and life-improving research. We at SUNY are incredibly proud and grateful to count him among our ranks.

From Dr. Shirley Strum Kenny, former President of Stony Brook University
Jack Marburger had a remarkable ability to defuse explosive situations and get people to collaborate for the greater good.  In all his extraordinary leadership positions, he brought the institutions’ stakeholders together from disparate viewpoints to move forward.

When Stony Brook became co-manager of Brookhaven National Lab, it was clear that Jack was the best person to be Lab Director.  As National Science Advisor he once again managed to calm stormy waters and move the agenda ahead.  But it was as President of Stony Brook that he is most gratefully remembered—he led the University from its tumultuous early years to maturity, at the same time building the School of Medicine and the Hospital, a major new enterprise. 

In every instance and with every person, he was a kind and humane leader.  He instilled in the University a sense of its responsibilities and its possibilities. 

From Dr. Samuel Aronson, Director, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Jack Marburger was an inquisitive thinker and a champion of Brookhaven Lab’s research. Throughout his long and fascinating career, his finest qualities included his ability to listen and to find common ground among people with very different points of view. He led Brookhaven Lab through one of the most challenging times in its history, restoring public trust and putting in place policies of openness, inclusion, and environmental stewardship that still guide us today. Jack was an expert in bringing people together -- even in his final weeks and days, he dedicated his time to enhancing the relationship between Brookhaven and Stony Brook University through strategic collaborative initiatives. His calm, reasoned demeanor, elegance, and bright smile will be missed by all.

From John P. Holdren, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy
It is with great sadness that I note the passing of Dr. John H. Marburger, III, former Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Science Advisor to President George W. Bush.

Jack Marburger leaves a legacy of exceptional public service and substantial scientific contributions. He was the Nation's longest-serving Presidential Science Advisor, and his focus on basic research as a driver of economic growth was a common thread across Congresses and Administrations. Even while battling cancer, Jack continued to serve in the White House and improved the ways in which the benefits of scientific investments are measured and valued. His input and contributions to the Nation, the science community, and academia will be sorely missed.

Jack was an esteemed scientist and public servant. Those of us who had the privilege to know him benefited greatly from his extensive knowledge, pragmatic thinking, and warm friendship, and we take comfort in knowing that his determination to explore new scientific frontiers and his enduring commitment to America's farsighted focus on science and technology will be continued by all those he inspired. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his family.

From Dr. Robert McGrath, former Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice President for Brookhaven National Laboratory Affairs
For years I knew Jack as president of Stony Brook, but it was when the university put together the proposal to manage BNL that I got to know him well. As the first director in a new era for BNL he was brilliant in smoothing BNL’s relations with the Long Island community, state and federal politicians, the DOE, and BSA’s management partners themselves. His management approaches and style were essential in the early days of BSA  in setting the lab on a course that led to its strength today. He was a smart academic who never forgot the love of learning even while leading large complex institutions.  He was unflappable and an easy communicator no matter the circumstance. He was a gracious man. I was privileged to have known and learned from him, and so many of us have benefited from what he did.

From Association of American Universities staff
It is with sadness that we share the news that John H. Marburger, III passed away yesterday. So many of us in the AAU community knew and worked with Jack over his distinguished career in academia and government. He served with distinction not only Stony Brook University, but the research university community and the nation. He will be greatly missed.

From Dr. Marta Cehelsky, Executive Director, Universities Research Association
Many of us worked closely with Jack Marburger during his lengthy tenure as Science and Technology Adviser to President George W. Bush, to which role he brought his gifted intellect, wisdom, and far sighted dedication to public policy. Perhaps not so well known is the key role he played at Universities Research Association, which for many years was sole operator of the Department of Energy Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. During the time he was President at Stony Brook, Jack also chaired our URA Board of Trustees, guiding us through the momentous planning and initial construction of the Superconducting Supercollider project in Texas. Jack always had time for his many friends and for advocating the cause of U.S. scientific research and education. Only recently he agreed to rejoin the URA Board of Trustees. We were all looking forward to again enjoying the benefit of his wisdom and insight. We will miss him.