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Dr. Mark  J. Brand

Memorial for Dr. Mark J. Brand

Born in New Britain, CT, on Dec. 29, 1949
Departed on Aug. 9, 2011 and resided in Davenport, IA.
Service: Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011
11:00 am
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Virginia Beach- Dr. Mark J. Brand, 61, of Davenport, IA died on August 9, 2011 at Clarissa Cook Hospice House after a valiant 3.5 year battle with cancer.

Mark was born on December 29, 1949 in New Britain, CT, son of Evelyn & Emil Brand. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Middletown, CT. Mark earned his Bachelors Degree from American University in Washington, DC; his Masters Degree from The University of Southern California; and his Ph.D from Touro University in California.

Dr. Brand was a professor at St. Ambrose University and received the honor of being named the 2011 Faculty Member of the Year, the same award he received from Johnson & Wales University-Denver in 2002. He was also honored with the 2007/2008 President's Award for Outstanding Service, Leadership and Commitment from Johnson & Wales.
Before molding the minds of the future generation, Mark spent his 20's working for a multitude of political candidates, notably handling presidential campaign advance for Congressman Udall, Senator Walter Mondale, Senator Ted Kennedy, and President Jimmy Carter. Mark also worked for the Department of Transportation under Jimmy Carter. His career then led him into the private sector where he was a public relations specialist for the GD Searle Company, United Airlines, AMGEN Biotechnology & USA Track and Field. At age 50, Mark chose to change his career and become an academician. Shortly thereafter he completed his Ph.D in Marketing.

Survivors include his wife Maxine (Davenport); mother, Evelyn Brand (Virginia Beach, VA); daughter, Rachel (Charlotte, NC); daughter and son-in-law, Ali & Noam Stern (Beersheva, Israel); brother and sister-in-law, David & Bonnie Brand (Virginia Beach, VA). Sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law include Harriet & Elon Goitein (Herzaliya, Israel); Myrna & Jerry Wacknov (Foster City, CA) and Roger & Shirley Cooper (Henderson, NV).
Mark was preceded in death by his father, Emil Brand, and grandparents.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11:00am on Thursday, August 11, 2011 at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk, VA by Rabbi Israel Zoberman. Minyan will take place 7:00 pm tonight and Sunday, August 14 at the home of David and Bonnie Brand. A memorial service will be held at 11:30am on Sunday, August 14th at Temple Emanuel (1115 Mississippi Ave. Davenport, IA).

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Israel Study Abroad Program, c/o Marketing Department at St. Ambrose University, 518 Locust Street, Davenport, IA 52803 or to Temple Emanuel at 1115 Mississippi Avenue, Davenport, IA 52803.

H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Rd. Chapel are handling arrangements.
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