Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


May 16, 2013

A caring class

Rotary to fete 2013 citizens, educator of the year



The owner of Flowers by Steve has helped build Merrimack Valley Hospice in Haverhill from the ground up, hosting a kickoff party and fundraiser at his home in 2007 that began the effort to purchase a patient home in Haverhill. He has continued to run fundraisers and solicit donations for the organization, which has now raised enough money for a new seven-room addition that opens this month and will be named for him. As his gift, he has also designed and dedicated a meditation garden at the center of the facility in memory of his parents.


The local veterinarian helped start the “Shadow Fund” in the late 1990s to help pet owners unable to afford necessary medical treatment for their pets. He has been a board member of the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association and president of the New England Veterinary Medical Association and has also served on the Board of Development and the Grandparent Fund of Phillips Academy, the Men’s Auxiliary at Holy Family Hospital, the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club, Friends of Merrimack College, Merrimack Valley United Way and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.


She joined the League of Women Voters in the 1970s and worked on a water quality study, which allowed her to get to know the Andover Village Improvement Society and the town Conservation Commission. She went on to serve four years on the Conservation Commission in the late 1970s and was involved with the controversial mapping of wetlands in town. Marcus joined the Andover Historical Society in 1995, and has done volunteer curatorial work two days a week since the late 1990s. She has served on the historical society’s Strategic Planning and Re-Accreditation Committees as well as past clerk and president, contributing hundreds of hours to the group.

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