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educator , historian

Sally Marks was an American historian, educator. She was an internationally known scholar of twentieth century European history.


Marks was born on January 18, 1931 in New Haven, Connecticut, United States; the daughter of Percy and Margaret Ellen (Gates) Marks.


Marks attended the Prospect Hill School for Girls. In 1952, she graduated Wellesley College witha Bachelor of arts degree. She was given a Master of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina in 1961. Seven years later she earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of London.


Marks began her career as a policy planner at the United States Defense Department in 1953. Four years later she became a teacher at St. Margaret’s School and held it for two years.

Sally worked as an instructor at the University of North Carolina from 1960 to 1962. In 1962, she took a position of an instructor and a professor of history at Rhode Island College, where she worked until 1989.

Marks also tutored for Volunteers in Providence Schools, was a docent at the Holocaust Museum of RI, and worked on book sales for the American Association of University Women, the Rochambeau Library and the Athenaeum.


  • Marks was awarded the George Louis Beer Prize of the American Historical Association (AHA) and the senior scholar award of Phi Alpha Theta for her monograph, "Innocent Abroad: Belgium at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919".


Marks is a member of American Council of Learned Societies, Tauber Institute, Institute Royal des Relations International in Brussels, American History Association, Society of French History Studies, Society of Historians of America Foreign Relations, Conference Group for Central European History, Providence Art Club and Royal Anglo-Belgian Club.


Percy Marks

Margaret Ellen (Gates) Marks

Wendy Bingert

Suzanne Bingert

Thomas Bingert

Stephen Bingert