Dr. Marvin Resnik, an optometrist and avid golfer, died March 3 at age 90. He was in the national spotlight after his daughter Dr. Judith A. Resnik, the first American Jewish woman in space, was killed in the Challenger explosion on Jan. 28, 1986.
Dr. Resnik was a resident of Encinidas, Calif., since 1987. Prior to that in Akron, he was a member of Temple Israel, president of Akron Host Lion’s Club and a 32nd-degree Mason. For many years, he served as a visiting cantor for the High Holidays at a synagogue in Washington, Pa. With his wife, he often played bridge, and he was fond of gardening, both outdoors and in a greenhouse.
Born in Preluke, Ukraine, Dr. Resnik came to Cleveland in 1929. He graduated from Glenville High School and The Ohio State University, where he earned his doctor of optometry degree. Fluent in eight languages, Dr. Resnik served in the U.S. Army in military intelligence during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He was stationed in New Guinea, and after the war, in Kyoto, Japan, doing both aero reconnaissance and prisoner interrogation. After the war, he opened his practice in Akron, where he resided 41 years.
In addition to his daughter, Dr. Resnik was predeceased by his stepdaughter Linda. He is survived by his wife Betty; son Dr. Charles (Amy) of Owings Mills, Md.; step-daughter Sandra (Duane) Lewis; three grand-children; six step-grandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren; sister Shirley Segal; and brothers Dr. Albert, Dr. Harold and David. Contributions are suggested to the Akron Public Schools Resnik Scholarship Fund c/o Julia Mann, 65 Steiner Ave., Akron, Ohio 44301.