LSU Community Mourns the Passing of Alumni Professor Emeritus Marion “Soc” Socolofsky
BATON ROUGE – The LSU College of Science is saddened to report that Alumni Professor Emeritus Marion “Soc” Socolofsky passed away on the morning of Nov. 2 at the Mid-City Baton Rouge General Medical Center.
A legendary figure in the former Department of Microbiology and in the current Department of Biological Sciences, Socolofsky is most well-known for his leadership in establishing electron microscopy as a facility at LSU, his role in the proposal that funded the construction of the Life Sciences Building, and his perpetual commitment as a mentor and instructor to both colleagues and students.
In his career, Socolofsky taught introductory biology to more than 12,700 students, including 113 doctoral students and 150 master’s students. Many of the working physicians in Louisiana today have been taught by Socolofsky.
His students and peers are a testament to his character and dedication, describing him as a professor who enjoyed teaching and truly cared about his students, their welfare and their education. He was admired and beloved by former students, faculty colleagues and all who knew him.
Socolofsky’s funeral is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. at University United Methodist Church. Visitation is tentatively scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 8 at Rabenhorst Funeral Home.
The Socolofsky family is currently considering options for memorial gifts and will share that information when it is available.