Jack M. Marden, 80, military and civilian judge

Jack M. Marden
Jack M. Marden
Posted: July 23, 2013

Judge Jack M. Marden, 80, of Souderton, a retired U.S. Army Appellate Court judge who was active in the Souderton community for the last two decades, died Thursday, July 18, at his home of renal failure.

He died on his 57th wedding anniversary.

Judge Marden, a retired Army colonel, served in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps for more than 31 years, and for 26 years as a civilian judge. In retirement, he made his mark as chairman of the Souderton zoning board and board member of the Indian Valley Senior Adult Activity Center.

Born in Manhattan, he attended New York public schools and received his bachelor's degree in political science and law degree from New York University. He learned military law at the Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army, in Charlottesville, Va.

He finished boot camp before hearing he had passed the New York State bar examination. He then became an officer in the Judge Advocate General's Corps in 1957.

He started out at Fort Benning, Ga., and was posted all over the world.

Among his titles: deputy judge advocate commander-in-chief, Pacific area command; legal adviser to NATO forces southern region in Italy, Greece, and Turkey; circuit judge, Fort Dix; circuit judge, Germany; and appellate criminal court judge with the Court of Military Review, the army's highest criminal court.

A decorated combat veteran, he received numerous honors, including the Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; and Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

In civilian life, Judge Marden was the chief bar counsel for the Supreme Court of West Virginia, then a trial judge with the West Virginia Office of Workers' Compensation.

He moved to Souderton in retirement, and for the last 19 years served as chairman of the Souderton Zoning Hearing Board. He was a board member of the Indian Valley Senior Adult Activity Center, now called Generations of the Indian Valley. He helped make it a national model for senior adult centers.

He also served as an arbitrator with Montgomery County Court.

A longtime master Mason, he joined Shiloh Lodge F. & A.M. 558 of Souderton.

Judge Marden was the national president of National Sojourners and a national commander of the Heroes of '76, a Masonic organization dedicated to patriotism. He was awarded its Medal of Honor in 2010.

Judge Marden served as the president and lay leader for Tiferes B'nai Israel synagogue in Warrington.

This month, he was honored by the Borough of Souderton and the state legislature for his service to his country and community.

Surviving are his wife, the former Joan Halperin; a son, Edward; a daughter, Celia Litman; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 22, in Washington Crossing Veterans National Cemetery, 830 Highland Rd., Newtown, Bucks County.

Donations may be made to National Sojourners SEM Fund, c/o National Sojourners Inc., 8301 E. Boulevard Dr., Alexandria, Va. 22308, or to Generations of Indian Valley, 259 N. Second St., Souderton, Pa. 18964.

Condolences to the family may be offered via www.goldsteinsfuneral.com.

Contact Bonnie L. Cook at 610-313-8102 or bcook@phillynews.com.

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