Continuing to Challenge Themselves in Independent Living
There is no question that Tricia and Russell Marks, married for 55 years, are world-rounded individuals constantly seeking ways to stay active and challenge themselves.
Tricia, who served on the faculty of Princeton University, edited the prestigious Princeton University Library Chronicle. Her book, Deconstructing Legitimacy: Viceroys, Merchants, and the Military in Late Colonial Peru, was received in academic circles as a landmark study.
As the couple lived in Latin America for 15 years, Russell’s business career included managing a sugar and paper complex in Peru as well as the presidency of Phelps Dodge International Corporation and of the Americas Society. “I truly enjoyed international management,” he said. “Phelps Dodge operated manufacturing and sales facilities in 15 countries.”
With a family that had grown from two daughters to four grandchildren, the couple wanted a maintenance-free lifestyle with plenty of free time to spend on their outside activities.
For the Marks, an independent living community was the best option, and with good friends who were already well-established at Princeton Windrows in Princeton, NJ, they knew it would be a perfect fit.
“We did not want a continuing care community, because we want to control our own healthcare decisions,” said Russell. “Also, we wanted to own our home and to enjoy enhanced condominium services, such as the fine food served in our dining rooms.”
Now, the couple can plan their lives around their numerous academic, community and personal activities with the assurance that the basic support requirements of their lives are provided by the cordial staff.
Those activities include another book that Tricia is currently writing that covers important aspects of the creation of an independent Peru. She also serves on the Council of The Friends of the Princeton University Library.
Russell serves as Chairman of International Schools Services, an organization that manages 15 kindergarten through 12th grade schools around the world and provides services to about 250 other international schools. He is also president of People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos, an organization that brings literature to those who would otherwise have no access to it. Currently an elected trustee of Princeton Windrows, he is the former treasurer of the community’s Condominium Association. With his interests in painting, sculpting and writing, he has had numerous exhibitions featuring his abstract, hanging sculptures, and earlier this year he self-published a novel Nematodes.
On the verge of completing another novel, he and Tricia are a perfect example of the vibrant individuals in their community as they continue to relish their free time.