[Published in the Sunday Dec. 19, 2010 edition of the New York Times]
SOMOROFF--Marc, died quietly on November 23, 2010, after a courageous struggle with lung cancer. He was a devoted husband and father, accomplished scholar, a gifted writer, musician, visual artist and raconteur. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from NYU and earned the M.Ph. in political science from Columbia University. Marc won significant academic awards for early achievements in his field and enjoyed college teaching. As an insurance broker, his sincerity and professionalism garnered respect from his colleagues and clients. Marc will be best remembered for his personal integrity, incisive humor and intelligence; he knew how to connect with people. He will be dearly missed by his wife Alice; son Matthew; siblings Michael, Anne, Erik and David; stepmother Janet; aunt Geri; daughter-in-law Beth; and many cousins, nephews and nieces.