In Memoriam: Loren Marks

Photo Credit: Loren Marks
by Amanda Lager Tue, 10/31/2017 - 09:35

Loren Arthur Marks, 86, Lincoln, died October 12, 2017. Loren was born June 9, 1931 in Huntley, Nebraska to Edwin and Elsie Marks. He worked as a machinist for the Department of Physics and Astronomy until his retirement in 2000.

Loren’s time at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was primarily spent with the Physics department, assisting researchers from other departments for various research projects.

Prior to his work with the department, Loren served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He also worked at a Los Angeles high-tech company which supplied US military services.

"Loren honed his skills on the best and most advanced machine shop equipment," says Duane Jaecks, Professor Emeritus of Physics. "He was an accomplished and skilled instrument maker when he started in our shop.

"I had the pleasure of working with him on several pieces of important research apparatus that was funded under my NSF grant. Since I designed apparatus to fit the physics that was to be studied, we were always building new apparatus. For example, Brian Moudry, a graduate student who collaborated with me, needed to have an entire vacuum chamber built before he could perform his PhD experiment. Loren built the chamber to high tolerances."

"The bottom line," says Jaecks, "is that Loren Marks was a top notch machinist and instrument maker, who significantly enhanced the performance and quality of our shop."

An obituary from the Lincoln Journal Star is here. A guestbook is available to sign online at

Loren Marks in the Ferguson instrument shop