Guestbook for Dr. Marvin T. Case
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Because of the important role that Marv Case played in my professional life I was saddened to learn of his death and want to extend to the family my condolences on their loss. I first met Marv in the late 1960’s when we both were working at Riker Labs in Northridge, CA. For the next 25 plus years we remained colleagues as we experience the peaks and valleys of life with Riker/3M Pharmaceuticals. Our families even shared a moving van when we relocated to Minnesota in 1971 and later in the 70’s we were part of the same car pool. While Marv and I had numerous interactions over the years I want to highlight one that was critical to the success of our organization (and from a selfish point of view to my success as well). This was his work during the development of imiquimod (Aldara). Because of its mode of action, the drug produced results during animal safety studies that could easily have been misinterpreted in a way that would have halted its development. Marv played a key role in correctly interpreting and communicating the initial results and initiating additional studies which confirmed the safety of the drug. Yesterday I had a discussion with Dick Miller who was the scientist who identified the biological activity of imiquimod and he agreed that Marv’s role was critical. This example not only demonstrated Marv’s scientific skills but also his awareness of the impact the results of his studies could have and therefore the need for effective communications of his results. For a period of time I had the privilege of being Marv’s “boss”. (At that time I was director of the laboratory and when you have very intelligent people from multiple disciplines reporting to you, it is like being a conductor of an orchestra, trying to keep them all working together in harmony not telling them how to do their research). While I always appreciated and valued Marv’s scientific strength, his clear and direct (non-BS) communication style, and his lack of self-promotion—this appreciation grew even stronger while I was director. It was great to have someone you fully trusted to come into the office to concisely tell you what you may or may not want to hear. I would add, that because of who Marv was, both as a scientist and as a person, he was highly respected both within our organization and beyond (e.g. the FDA). I know the family has a strong sense of loss but I hope these words about how important Marv was to his professional colleagues and that these colleagues also feel a loss provide you some comfort. In deepest sympathy Ed Erickson 3M Pharmaceuticals, Retired.
From Ed Erickson

5:32 am - 06/28/19


My deepest condolences to all of Marv’s family. I worked with Marv for most of thirty years at 3M. He was one of the true gentleman which I considered a true pleasure to work with. We kept in touch after he and I retired with some reminiscing but more with new adventures that we were having in our retirement years. I hope the family will appreciate how much he was really honored and yes loved. I will miss him and his laugh which was a real joy that would set the day in a positive note.
From Ken Ebbens

1:27 am - 05/10/19