Jack Charner Marler

Jack Charner Marler passed away on the morning of November 28 th. Jack was a gentleman, a scholar, and a teacher. He taught Philosophy and Latin Paleography at Saint Louis University for 33 years.

In addition to his scholarship, Jack was known for and will be remembered for, his teaching. He inspired his students to ask questions, to seek the answers to those questions, and to always strive for knowledge and wisdom. He had compassion for his students and offered guidance or assistance whenever it was needed. In his own life he constantly sought knowledge on all topics and he brought his love of learning to the classroom. He believed in a spiritual life and that human lives have meaning and this too he passed on to his students.

Jack lost most of his hearing at the age of 6. He was unable to acquire hearing aids until he entered college. Prior to entering college, he excelled in his studies even though he often could not hear his teachers. After completing his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy at L.S.U., he entered the Ph.D. program at the University of Toronto. During his time at Toronto, he studied and learned several languages and began to work with manuscripts. During his studies, he traveled to some of the best manuscript libraries in Europe.

Jack co-authored the publication of the text of The Mirror of Simple Souls by Margaret Porette. He contributed his knowledge of medieval philosophy to the project and saw this marvelous example of scholarly detective work to its publication. In addition to The Mirror Jack is also the author of numerous scholarly articles.

Jack was also interested in family histories and genealogies. He saw the stories of ordinary individuals as part of the broader historical picture.

He will be greatly missed by his family and his friends. Jack is survived by his wife Cathy Marler, his brother-in-law Stephen, his cousins Stephen Martin, Libby Martin Lanzara, David Martin, and Sherry Scaife Blatchley.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Philosophy Department at Saint Louis University.


  1. Jack Ware on December 4, 2023 at 8:55 pm

    Sorry to hear about Jack. May his family be in our prayers. He was so acomplished.

  2. Dawn Otto on December 5, 2023 at 12:33 pm

    Getting know Jack , through the posts on Facebook,. through his wife Cathy, who is really one friend that we met in Highschool, in Netherlands back 1975-1976 our freshman year at American school The Hague. He was interesting and amazing. He was a true fighter. He going be miss and not going be forgotten. Hugs to Prayers. Dawn Otto.

  3. Adrienne Courtois on January 3, 2024 at 5:25 pm

    Getting to know Dr. Marler through having him as a teacher has been an honor. He is a great mentor. And philosopher as well❤️❤️❤️. He is such a fighter!

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