Marvin Julius Taub
ONEONTA — Marvin Julius Taub passed away following a tragic accident on Dec. 30, 2013.
Marvin was born in Binghamton in 1939, the second child of Marvin and Mary Taub. He attended Kiski Preparatory School, and graduated from Dickinson College in 1961, with a Bachelor of Arts in History.
Following two years in the Army, spent primarily in Germany, Marvin moved to New York City as a buyer for his father’s clothing store business. Here he reunited with Patricia First Taub, a fellow Dickinson graduate. Marvin and Patricia married in 1964.
Marvin went on to earn a master’s degree from George Washington University and a Ph.D from the University of Maryland.
In 1972, Marvin, Patricia and their young son, David, moved to Oneonta after Marvin received a position at SUNY Oneonta. He remained a professor there until 1999. At SUCO he ran the child development lab and taught Child Development. His second son, Jonathan, was born during this time.
Marvin came out of retirement to teach at an international school in Vietnam from 2007 to 2009, with his friend, Zanna McKay.
Marvin was a lifelong adventurer and a lover of people, cultures and art. He hitchhiked cross country during one of his college summer breaks; he climbed the Tetons, ran with the bulls in Pamplona and traveled around the globe. He was especially interested in indigenous cultures.
Marvin was a music lover and played the guitar in his earlier years, but became accomplished on the wood flute in later years and often played at ceremonies.
Marvin was very interested in art as well — earlier in photography and then became more focused on traditional art, particularly the huichol art of Mexico.
Marvin loved the outdoors. He was seen almost daily walking his dogs at Pine Lake or watching the sunset at Table Rock.
Marvin is survived by two sons, David of Oak Park, Ill., and Jonathan of Santa Monica, Calif.; two grandchildren, Jane and Max; and three siblings, Phyllis Albritton, Cyndy Friedland and Arnold Taub; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Pine Lake in the early spring.