Dr. Marvin S. Cannon passed away on Thursday, February 1, 2018, at St. Joseph Manor in Bryan, TX. He was under the care of Hospice Brazos Valley. Marv was born on February 10, 1940 in Toledo, Ohio, to Charles and Bella Cannon, both of whom have passed away. He is survived by his wife of forty-four years, Anita Cannon., his sister-in-law, Linda Narcowich, his brother-in-law, Francis Narcowich, and his nephew, Michael Narcowich.
Marv received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1960 and 1965, respectively, from the University of Toledo. In 1969 he received his PhD in Human Anatomy from The Ohio State University, under the supervision of Professor G. A. Ackerman, MD, PhD. As part of his training, he had to do work in Professor Ackerman’s lab. There he met Anita Topson,, his future wife, who worked as a technician in Ackerman’s lab.
After obtaining his PhD, he first worked as a research associate in the Laboratory of Martha E. Sucheston at OSU, and then as an assistant professor in the biology department of Capital University. In 1973, he was offered a teaching position at the University of Texas Medical Branch, in Galveston.. He took it. – and, on August 12, 1973, he married Anita. It was off to Texas for the both of them.
Marv stayed in Galveston for a few years and then, in 1976, he got a tenured position at Texas A&M ‘s new College of Medicine, in College Station. After twenty years there, he retired, and then took a visiting professorship in the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, a position he held until he died.
Marv was an academic through and through. His research output included a book and over seventy-five papers. He also did his share of service work wherever he was. His greatest love was teaching. He was at his happiest in front of a class. He loved his students and worked hard to get them to understand the material in the course, and they loved him, too. Several of the students he taught are now physicians here in the Bryan/College Station area.
He had many outside interests. He caught and mounted beautiful, exotic butterflies. As a young man he even went to Cuba to collect them. For most of his life, he was an avid stamp collector. He loved animals, especially cats.
Marv was witty. His sense of humor went in two directions. He was very quick and his conversations were filled with witty repartee. The other was weaving a completely absurd, very funny tale. He liked to do this with his students.
Marv will be missed. May he rest in peace.
Memorials may be sent to Hospice Brazos Valley, the Aggieland Humane Society, or the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.