Peter A. Marks

Peter Allington Marks, age 64, son of late Professor John H. and Aminta (Willis) Marks, died at home in Princeton, New Jersey, on Sunday morning, January 13th following a courageous battle with cancer.     


Born December 8th 1954 in Princeton Hospital and educated through high school in Princeton’s public school system, Peter graduated magna cum laude from Hamilton College in 1976 with a BA in Latin, and from Wharton Business School in 1981 with an MBA in Finance.  He spent summers at the St. Lawrence River’s 1000 Islands where boats, games, and time with summer friends brought him great joy.


With a knack for numbers and problem solving, Peter spent the first ten years of his professional life in Manhattan at Morgan Guaranty Trust Company, followed by positions at Banker’s Trust, and Dillon, Read & Co., where he developed a keen understanding of real estate financing.  Moving then to Florida, he honed his understanding of real estate development working as Project Partner for Trammell Crow Residential and later Aoki Corporation.  Wanting more freedom to pursue his own projects, however, Peter opted in 1989 to do consulting and be self-employed.  


While in Florida, Peter met his future wife, Mia Brownell Williams whom he regularly referred to as his wise counsel, skilled proofreader, and dearest friend.  They accompanied each other for the next thirty years from Florida to Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and finally to Princeton, where on December 17th 2018 they married.  


Often skeptical of what many consider progress, Peter advocated for the preservation and dignity of tradition.  It was this perspective that led him to write numerous opinion pieces in the local papers, serve as Co-Chair of the Princeton Joint Revaluation Commission and member of the Borough’s Historic Preservation Review Committee And Housing Authority, and in 2016 run for mayor of Princeton.  Dignified, humble, and loving, Peter will be fondly remembered.


Peter is survived by his wife, Mia Brownell Marks; his sister Fleur (Marks) and William Rueckert and their children Cleveland and Grayson (Hellmuth) Rueckert, Elizabeth (Rueckert) and Patrick Henry, and Julia (Rueckert) and Brett Shannon, and their grandchildren Chase, Hailey and Henry; and his brother John and Belle (Potter) Marks and their children, Phoebe, Anna and Eliza.


Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, February 2, 2019, at the Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton.


Contributions may be made to the Nassau Presbyterian Church or Grindstone Methodist Church, Clayton, New York.