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James Christopher Marks, Irish organist. Member American Guild Organists, National Association Organists (president 1912, 13).; Mason (33 degree).

Background

Marks, James Christopher was born on July 29, 1863 in Cork, Ireland. Son of J. Christopher and Marian (Johnston) Marks.

Education

Educated Royal School, Armagh, 1876-1881, Trinity College, Dublin, 1881-1885. Royal University of Ireland, 1883-1884. Honorary Doctor of Music, University State of New York, 1908.

Career

Came to the United States, 1902, naturalized, 1919. Began as choir boy Cork Cathedral, 1870. Then assistant organist to father at St. Finn Barre’s Cathedral, Cork.

Organist and choirmaster St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Cork, 1881-1902. Organist St. Andrew’s Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1902-1904. Organist and choirmaster Church of the Heavenly Rest, New York City, 1904-1929.

Organist emeritus since 1929. Many prizes for musical compositions, including prize for best song in Great Britain, 1893.

Membership

Member American Guild Organists, National Association Organists (president 1912, 13). Mason (33 degree).; Clubs: Bohemians, St. Wilfrid, St. George’s Society, Canadian, British Brooklyn New York‡.

Connections

Married Maud Sidley Dowman, November 11, 1886 (died May 2, 1899).; married second, Minnie Mae Belcher, October 27, 1903 (died August 31, 1931). Children: Malcolm Chamney (deceased), J. Christopher, Jocelyn Gibbons, Dorothy Dowman.

father:
J. Christopher Marks

mother:
Marian (Johnston) Marks

spouses:
Minnie Mae Belcher

Maud Sidley Dowman

children:
J. Christopher Marks

Malcolm Chamney Marks (deceased)

Dorothy Dowman Marks

Jocelyn Gibbons Marks