FARMINGTON HILLS, MI: Frederick Marx, cofounder of Midwest PR firm Marx Layne & Co., died in his home from heart failure on Sunday, November 1, at the age of 67.
Marx opened Marx Layne with business partner Michael Layne in 1987. The agency worked in a number of verticals including nearby Detroit's automotive industry, law firms, financial services, energy, technology, and retail. Some of its clients included local work for Wal-Mart and McDonald's, and the more recent account wins of Franklin Wind Energy Group and local festival Detroit's Winter Blast.
“Fred was a wonderful friend and business partner,” Layne said in a statement provided to PRWeek. “He loved people and was genuinely interested in them... His clients and employees were like family to him. He was creative and brilliant and will be missed greatly.”
Born in Denver, Marx later earned a master's degree in communications from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to founding his own firm, Marx's love of retail led him to positions with Jacobson's, Macy's, and Dayton Hudson (now Target Corp.). He had served on the board of directors at the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Detroit Historical Society, and the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy at Wayne State University.
He is survived by Sally Sloman Marx, his wife of 40 years; two daughters and two sons; and four sisters.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 3 at 2pm at Temple Beth El in his hometown of Bloomfield Hills, MI.