RETIRED JUDGE JACK M. MARDEN, 80, over 56 years of service to country and community. Chief Legal Officer in XXIV Corp. Vietnam & Senior Appellate Judge US Army Court of Military Review   January 29, 1933 – July 18, 2013. Colonel 


    RETIRED JUDGE JACK M. MARDEN, 80, over 56 years of service to country and community. Chief Legal Officer in XXIV Corp. Vietnam & Senior Appellate Judge US Army Court of Military Review   January 29, 1933 – July 18, 2013. Colonel 

    Jack M. Marden, 80, served in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps for over 31 years, and then served for 26 years in various positions such as Chief Bar Counsel, Workers Compensation Judge, Chairman of the Souderton Zoning Board, and board member of the Indian Valley Senior Adult Activity Center.  

    Judge Marden dedicated his life to serving the people of the United States of America. He was born in Manhattan, New York City, as the only child of David and Adrienne Marden Sentlowitz. He attended public schools in Manhattan and received his Bachelors in political science and Juris Doctor from New York University. Initially drafted into the United States Army as an enlisted soldier, he went through boot camp before being notified he passed the New York State bar examination, whereupon he became an officer in the Judge Advocate Generals Corps.

    Judge Marden started his legal career as a intern in the United States Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York. His military career began at Fort Benning Georgia in 1957, and for next 31 years he was promoted and stationed at several bases including Fort Amador in the Panama Canal Zone; Judge Advocate General's School in Charlottesville Virginia; Chief Legal Officer XXIV Corp. in Vietnam; Deputy Judge Advocate Commander-in-Chief Pacific Area Command; Legal Advisor to NATO Forces Southern Region (Italy, Greece and Turkey); Circuit Judge, Fort Dix, New Jersey; Chief Legal Officer at Fort Meade, Maryland; U.S. Army Intelligence Command, Fort Holabird, Maryland; Circuit Judge in Germany; and Appellate Criminal Court Judge with the U.S. Army Court of Military Review (the highest criminal court in the U.S. Army). 

    Judge Marden taught lawyers on various legal issues including criminology, arbitration and mediation, military law, business law and legal ethics. Most recently teaching with CAPE Education in Malvern, PA, Judge Marden's teaching experience included courses at the U.S. Armed Forces Institute, Fort Shafter Education Center; Chaminade College of Honolulu; Howard County Community College, Columbia, Maryland; and the Sixth Department of Labor Administrative Law Judge Conference. He has contributed to many legal articles and has provided commentary published in the North Penn Reporter, Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Judge Marden was a member of the American Bar Association, and contributed to various legal reports for the legal profession.

    Judge Marden earned a Master of Laws degree equivalent in Military Law at the The Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army, Charlottesville, Virginia.

    Upon entering civilian life, Judge Marden served as the Chief Bar Counsel for the Supreme Court of West Virginia. His many cases including attorney discipline for several public officials. Judge Marden then served as a trial judge with the West Virginia Office of Workers Compensation. Upon  retirement, Judge Marden moved to Souderton, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and immediately became involved in his community. 

    For over the last 19 years Judge Marden has served as the Chairman of the Souderton Zoning Hearing Board, and has been a board member of the Indian Valley Senior Adult Activity Center (now called Generations of the Indian Valley). Judge Marden helped make Generations of the Indian Valley a nationally recognized model for senior adult centers, which provides a full range of services with programs in health and fitness, recreation, education, and nutrition. Judge Marden served as an arbitrator with the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County, FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority), and as a Judge Pro Temp with the West Virginia Office of Workers Compensation.

    Judge Marden was a decorated combat veteran with several medals including the Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with Four Battle Stars; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Overseas Service Ribbon; and Army Service Ribbon. He has been named in several editions of Who's Who in American Law.

    Judge Marden is a fifty year member of masonry, having been raised to the degree of master mason at Fort Benning A.F. & A.M. Lodge 579, in Georgia. Judge Marden joined Shiloh Lodge F. & A.M. 558 of Souderton, Pennsylvania. Judge Marden was the national president of National Sojourner's and a national commander of the Heroes of '76, a Masonic organization of military officers and senior warrant officers, past and present, dedicated to the cause of patriotism. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2010. His Masonic offices included National Sojourner's, Past National President 1985 – 1986; National Sojourner's, Past President Panama Chapter #35 & Charleston, W.Va. #440; National Sojourner's, Comm. of 33, Past Member and Chairman; National Sojourner's, National Trustees & Past Chairman; Heroes of '76 (national), Chief of Staff; Heroes of '76 (national), Commander; Retired Officers Association, Mountaineer Chapter,  Past President 1988 – 1990; National Sojourner's Benjamin Franklin Chapter 16, trustee; and National Sojourner's Valley Forge Chapter 444, trustee and vice president.

    Judge Marden served as the President and as lay leader for the several synagogues he joined, including B'Nai Jacob Synagogue (Charleston West Virginia), Tiferes B'Nai Israel (Warrington, Pennsylvania), and Ner Torah Congregation (Columbia Maryland). 

    In early July 2013, Judge Marden was honored by proclamation by the Borough of Souderton, and by citation by the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, for his many years of public service to his country and community.  

    Judge Marden died on his 57th wedding anniversary, July 18, 2013, and is survived by his wife of 57 years Joan (nee Halperin), son Edward (Carmen) Marden, daughter Celia (Donald) Litman, grandchildren Benjamin Litman, Arthur Litman,  David Marden, Jessica Winand, and greatgrandson Landon. 

    Burial at Washington Crossing Veterans National Cemetery. Donations can be made in honor of Judge Marden to National Sojourner's SEM Fund, c/o National Sojourner’s Inc., 8301 E. Boulevard Dr., Alexandria, VA 22308, or to Generations of Indian Valley, 259 N. Second St., Souderton, PA 18964.