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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
In a letter to his father on November 13th, 1777


Paul van Marx

Paul van Marx
Photograph taken in 1954

Paul van Marx was the founder of the
American Friends of the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra.

He read an article in the "International Herald Tribune" about Hobart Earle and the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra in 1994. This article moved him so much that he undertook to contact Hobart Earle - by telephone all the way from Switzerland to a hotel room in Odessa.

Paul van Marx went on to spend the last three years of his life working tirelessly to raise money for us. He had a very broad understanding of the times in which he lived. We cherish his memory. May he rest in peace.

What he did for us
Program of his memorial concerts in Odessa
Letter from Ukrainian Ambassador

The energy, dedication and commitment of

Paul van Marx

To the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra and Hobart Earle
from June 1994 to February 1997 has resulted in the following:

4 Timpani 3 violins
1 Xylophone 2 Bb tumpets
2 gongs 2 C trumpets
1 snare drum 1 contrabassoon
1 set of Alpine Herdenglocken 1 english horn
1 piccolo flute 1 D trumpet
1 piccolo (Eb) clarinet 3 pairs of cymbals
1 Bb clarinet 3 horns
1 A clarinet 1 double bass

New skin for bass drum and numerous accessories for percussion.
Numerous accessories for woodwind and brass
Repair of one bassoon and one oboe
New bow hair for all the string section of the orchestra
New string for all the string section of the orchestra
New rosin for all the string section of the orchestra
2 Korg Tuners
1 Computer for the orchestra's office.
Medal support to musicians in need


tireless moral support


His devotion, vigor, stamina, strength of will-power and
at the same time compassion for people and concern for humanity
are ingrained deeply in our memory


Friday, March 28, 1997 -19:00 hours
Saturday, March 29, 1997 -19:00 hours


Hobart Earle
Music Director and Principal Conductor


January 24, 1926 -February 13, 1997

Ukrainian Rhapsody (1911)
Fanfare for the Common Man (1942)
Symphony No.6
Lincoln Portrait (1942)
H.E. William Green Miller, American Ambassador to Ukraine


Symphony in B minor D 759
("Unfinished") (1822)

   Letter from Ukrainian Ambassador

Herr Paul van Marx
Postfach 100
3000 Bern 13

Sehr geehrter Herr van Marx!

Aus dem Anlass des 5. Jahrestages der Erklarung der Unabhangigkeit der Ukraine mochte ich Ihnen fur Ihre langjahrige und unermudliche Tatigkeit im Bereich humanitarer Hilfe der Bevolkerung der Ukraine aufrichtig danken.

Es werden viele Jahre vergehen, aber die Musiker des Odessaer Philharmonieorchesters, die dank Ihren Bemuhungen heutzutage vielfaltige Unterstutzung bekommen, werden Ihr gutes Herz, Ihre Wohltatigkeitsakivitaten nie vergessen. In dieser fur die Ukraine schweren Zeit sind fur das ukrainische Folk die Hilfeleistungen aus anderen Landern auch insofern von grosser Bedeutung, dass sie nicht nur die Probleme des Alltags uberwinden helfen, sondern auch deutlich zeigen, dass es mit seinen Problemen nicht alleine steht und dass sein Schicksal auch Vertreter anderer Nationen tief bewegt. Eben deshalb wissen wir Ihr Engagement bei all Ihren vielseitigen Aktionen sehr gut zu schatzen.

Wir wunschen Ihnen, sehr geehrter Herr van Marx, Gesundheit, Gluck, viel Erfolg und Schaffenskraft bei Ihren weiteren Aktivitiiten und versichern Sie dabei unserer Unterstutzung.

Mit freundlichen Grussen

O. Sliptchenko,
Botschafter der Ukraine



Paul van Marx was born in Amsterdam on January 24, 1926. His mother was Dutch and his father German. The whole family emigrated to the United States at the outbreak of World War II. From 1940 to 1944, he attended the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, and in 1944 Paul van Marx became a naturalized U.S. citizen. Paul had a very broad upbringing, and as an adult he spoke six languages fluently - Dutch, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. He also had some knowledge of Russian.

In June 1944 at the age of eighteen, he returned to Europe with the U.S. Army. In the months after the end of the war, Paul was put in charge of the security of an entire German village -this at the tender age of nineteen. In recent years, he said he felt the responsibilities he had as a soldier during and after the war taught him so much of value, at an early point in life.

Having obtained an "Honorable Discharge" from the army as a Second Lieutenant in 1946 (Paul received a good conduct medal and World War II victory medal), he enrolled at Yale University, where he majored in Political Science. After graudation, Paul studied law at Columbia University in New York, but even during his Yale years he had summer jobs in places as far apart as Switzerland and Bogota, Colombia. Paul proceeded to join the U.S. Foreign Service and worked for over 26 years in Vienna, Paris, Zurich, Bern, Rome, Washington and Bogota, Colombia. In Frankfurt, Germany in 1954, Paul married Carla Ambro de Adamocz and their daugther Marilou was born in 1961. After his retirement in 1978, he took up the arts of furniture restoration and bookbinding, which he pursued with great vigor on a daily basis. According to his daugther Marilou, Paul was "interested in everything - he read an awful lot, and was always enthusiastic about everything. He was probably the most positive person I have known. He rarely got mad - and when he did he was right and fair about the issue at hand. I never knew him to sit still - literally. He just loved people".

Without doubt these were some of the qualities which led Paul van Marx to track Hobart Earle all the way to his room in the Krasnaya Hotel in Odessa in April 1994, and he went to the trouble of doing this simply after reading an article in the "Herald Tribune". Single-handedly, Paul went on to form the "Swiss Friends of the Odessa Philharmonic Orcherstra" and the "American Friends of the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra". For the last three years of his life, his work on behalf of the orchestra was as tireless - and as selfless - as everything else he did in his rich and diverse life.

This is a quote from the text the priest read at Paul's burial: "Allow me to say something about Paul van Marx the human being, for the quality of a person's heart is more important than any external elements of their life history! All of us gathered here today know that Paul was an extremely appealing and thoroughly respectable person. He always took great initiative in taking care of other people, both throughout his career as a diplomat and during his retirement - and he took care of them with a high level of competence, beginning with his own close relatives and those of his wife, and continuing to people further away in other countries. Quietly, he did a great deal of good; helping not only many elderly people but also those of younger generations, including children in particular. He was an excellent source of advice. He could find a solution for even the most difficult of problems. He was an idealist".

"Lassen Sie mich auch ein paar Worte uber den Menschen Paul van Marx sagen. Denn wichtiger als alle äusseren Lebensdaten ist die Qualität des Herzens! Alle, die sich heute hier versammelt haben, wissen, dass Paul ein überaus netter; grundanständiger Mensch war: Schon während seiner diplomatischen Tätigkeit, aber noch vermehrt seit seiner Pensionierung hat er sich mit grossem Einsatz und viel Kompetenz um andere Menschen gekümmert - angefangen bei seinen eigenen Verwandten und den Familienangehörigen seiner Frau his hin zu ihm fernerstehenden Menschen in anderen Ländem. Er hat im stillen viel Gutes getan; viele älteren Menschen hat er geholfen, aber auch um Junge und Jungste, auch um Kinder hat er sich gemüht. Er war ein ausgezeichneter Ratgeber: Auch fur schwierige Probleme wusste er eine Losung. Er war ein Idealist ".