Mark Ralph Eckman succumbed to prostate cancer on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at St Mary's Medical Center, where he was born 75 years earlier. Mark grew up in Duluth’s west end, and graduated from Denfeld High (1960) and Gustavus Adolphus College (1963). He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School (1967), then was an internal medicine resident at the University of Rochester (NY) Hospital and then an infectious disease fellow at the University of Colorado. He served two years as a U.S. army obligated volunteer, including a year in Vietnam. Mark dedicated his career to serving the Duluth community, where he practiced internal medicine with an infectious disease specialty at the Duluth Clinic for thirty years.
In his community he was active on research boards as well as church and civic groups with human rights initiatives. Other passions include forestry conservation (especially promoting white pine regeneration), playing tennis, traveling and catching a powder ski day. He will be remembered for his intellectual curiosity, quiet generosity, and commitment to his family and career.
Predeceased by his parents Dr. Ralph J. Eckman and Irene Kennebrook. He will be dearly missed by wife Mary, children Jennifer (Eric Bakke), John (Jo), Charles, Johanna Gennrich (Jeff), James (partner Sara Borer) and five grandchildren, brother Dr. Matthew Eckman (Kay) and sister Margaret Anderson (Rich) and their children and grandchildren.
Memorials preferred to CHUM, 125 N 1st Ave. W., Duluth, MN 55802 and SpringPointProject.org 121 S 8th St. Suite 822 Mpls, MN 55402. Visitation Friday February 9, 2018, from 5-7pm with Wake Prayers and time of remembrance at 6:30pm at St. Michael’s Church, 4901 E Superior St. Duluth, MN., where visitation will continue Saturday from 10am to the 11am Mass of Christian Burial. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E 2nd St. Duluth, MN (218) 727-3555.
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