Chodorow was a fellow of IEEE, the American Physical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of University Professors, American Association of Physics Teachers, and Sigma Xi.
Marvin’s influence reached far beyond the university. He was an advisor to the Office of Naval Research and a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, RAND Corporation, and other companies. He was also an active supporter of human rights for exiled Soviet scientists and for arms control.
In addition to his scientific and academic contributions, colleagueship, and many close professional friendships, Marvin had wide-ranging interests. He brought an endless engaged curiosity to colleagues in a large variety of fields and loved to talk about almost anything. He was especially interested in politics, history, and economics, fields in which he had many good friends.
He was a self-educated connoisseur of wine and food, an enthusiastic and knowledgeable world traveler, and an accomplished bridge and poker player. He was a passionate follower of Stanford football and basketball. He had a wonderful sense of humor. He is survived by his wife, Leah Ruth Turitz Chodorow, an active community leader, volunteer, and well-known gracious and beloved hostess; daughters, Nancy Julia Chodorow, a psychoanalyst, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Joan Elizabeth Chodorow, an actress, of Venice, California; and two grandchildren, Rachel Chodorow-Reich of Oakland, California, and Gabriel Chodorow-Reich of Washington, D.C.
Note: This tribute borrows heavily from a more detailed article written by Ms. Dawn Levy for the Stanford Report. The authors are grateful to her for permission to use substantial portions of her work.