SCARBOROUGH – Dr. Brian M. Marcotte, 69, died on Feb. 7, 2019, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, from complications of a stroke two weeks before. The son of Eileen Hopkins Marcotte and Roland L. Marcotte, Brian was born on 29 May 1949, in Lewiston.

After graduating from Lewiston High School, Dr. Marcotte attended Stonehill College in Easton Mass., graduating with a B.S. in Biology in 1971, and went on to receive a Master of Science degree from Clark University and holds a Ph.D. in marine biology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was a professor of marine biology at the University of Victoria, British Columbia and spent seven years as a professor of oceanography at McGill University in Montreal before becoming Director of the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Boothbay Harbor. He retired in the early 1990s for health reasons but continued for many years to direct his consulting firm, Strategic Analysis, Inc., and publish his research studies of various marine animals, mostly microscopic.

Brian is survived by his mother of Auburn, and his sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Richard Corrigan of Oakton, Va.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roland Sr.; older brother, Roland Jr. and his life partner, E. Donald Bouchard.

Brian enjoyed good food and wine with his friends, and followed closely, the world of politics, which gave him endless moments of amusement (especially recently). But his true joy involved the life of the mind, as he probed and interrogated ideas wherever his fancy took him: from medieval theology and alchemy, to the psychology of C. G. Jung, to the effects of climate change on the Gulf of Maine, to the writings of the ancient Christian monks of Egypt. He worshipped God in his own way, and lived his life to the fullest, following the advice of one of those old men of the Egyptian desert: “Why not become all fire?”

Family and friends will gather for a memorial service in the spring.  Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home, 365 Main Street, Saco has been entrusted with his arrangements.