Paul is originally from the Dorchester section of Boston, Massachusetts. He attended an agricultural studies high school in Jamaica Plain and became an expert on farm animals. As a result of his agricultural expertise, Paul’s duties while serving in the U.S. Army in Amsterdam during the Korean War included inspecting Gouda cheese. After returning from duty he attended the University of Massachusetts where, as an undergraduate history major, he met his wife, Elaine. Paul went on to receive a master’s degree in art education from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and has received numerous honorary doctorates
Paul ran a successful trade show and exposition services company in Framingham, Massachusetts, then moved into the field of higher education, serving on the Massachusetts Board of Regents and, ultimately, as chancellor of higher education for Massachusetts. He and his wife founded the Danforth Museum of Art, in Framingham, Massachusetts, in 1978. Paul is a “Whistlerian,” an expert in the art and life of the artist James McNeill Whistler, and has written six books about the artist. Paul explains his affinity by noting that Whistler was one of the best etchers in the world, and had a very colorful personality. Paul donated a collection of more than 1,000 books and pamphlets related to Whistler to the Freer Sackler Gallery of Art, a Smithsonian Museum, where a collection was established in his name.
According to the museum, “The Marks Collection represents Paul Marks’ years of painstaking efforts to assemble a complete collection of printed sources by and on Whistler. The collection covers a wide range of materials, from limited editions to a copy of a single-leaf flyer advertising the sale of Whistler’s former residence in London, as well as books with Whistler’s handwritten annotations, original etchings, and lithographs.” Recently Paul and fellow members of The Woodlands’ K-Club visited the museum, where Paul led a group discussion of Whistler’s work.
Paul has traveled extensively. He and his wife have two grown daughters and four grandchildren. He loves art, classical music and cultural events, and has a wonderful sense of humor. We’re so proud to have Paul as a member of our Kensington Park family!