In Memoriam : Brian Marcotte

Brian Marcotte Brian Michael Marcotte - age: 69
(May 29, 1949 to February 07, 2019 )
Resident of Scarborough, Maine

Visitation Information:
Family and friends will gather for a memorial service in the spring. Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home, 365 Main Street, Saco has been entrusted with his arrangements.

Dr. Brian M. Marcotte, 69, died on February 7, 2019 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, ME, from complications of a stroke two weeks before. The son of Eileen Hopkins Marcotte and Roland L. Marcotte, Brian was born on 29 May 1949 in Lewiston.

After graduating from Lewiston High School, Dr. Marcotte attended Stonehill College in Easton MA, graduating with a B.S. in Biology in 1971, and went on to receive an M.S. degree from Clark University and a Ph.D. in marine biology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was a professor of marine biology at the University of Victoria, British Columbia and spent seven years as a professor of oceanography at McGill University in Montreal before becoming Director of the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Boothbay Harbor. He retired in the early 1990’s for health reasons but continued for many years to direct his consulting firm, Strategic Analysis, Inc., and publish his research studies of various marine animals, mostly microscopic.

Brian is survived by his mother of Auburn, and his sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Richard Corrigan of Oakton, VA. He was preceded in death by his father Roland, Sr., older brother Roland, Jr., and his life partner E. Donald Bouchard.

Brian enjoyed good food and wine with his friends, and followed closely the world of politics, which gave him endless moments of amusement (especially recently). But his true joy involved the life of the mind, as he probed and interrogated ideas wherever his fancy took him: from medieval theology and alchemy, to the psychology of C. G. Jung, to the effects of climate change on the Gulf of Maine, to the writings of the ancient Christian monks of Egypt. He worshipped God in his own way, and lived his life to the fullest, following the advice of one of those old men of the Egyptian desert: “Why not become all fire?”

Howard Browman - March 29, 2019Contact this person Contact this person
To Brian's mother, sister, other family and friends. It was with great sadness, and a deep sense of loss, that I learned that Brian had passed away. The news came to me from a colleague at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute who learned about it because Brian's landlord is trying to find out how to dispose of the preserved samples found among Brian's personal effects. Brian may have mentioned me over the years. I was a Masters student of his at McGill from 1982-1985 and we remained friends, and in contact, all the years thereafter. During my Masters, Brian travelled with me to the field site for my research, in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, and he helped me with the work and mentored me conscientiously from that point onward in my career. Brian was a great role model and was always there for me, professionally and personally. Over the years, I visited him, sometimes with my wife and children - they all grew to know him and to cherish him as a wonderful friend. The last time that we saw him was in 2013 - we were at a conference in Boston and he came in to town and we had dinner at an outrageous chocolate-themed restaurant that he had selected. It was a memorable evening, and so typically Brian. Brian was a very important person in my life - I will miss him. My thoughts are with his family. Sincerely, Howard Browman


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