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Mark B. Bain

July 27, 1980 — February 8, 2012

Mark B. Bain

Lansing, NY

Mark B. Bain of Lansing, NY, formerly of Brooktondale, passed away on February 8, 2012, at the age of 56.

Born April 11, 1955, in Gary, Indiana, he was the oldest son of Sam and Rose (Bombardo) Bain, who survive him. He married Jane Barden on July 27, 1980.

Mark earned his PhD. from the University of Massachusetts and joined the faculty of Cornell University in 1991. He was a Professor of Systems Ecology in the Department of Natural Resources. His research of aquatic systems took him all over the world where he made many contributions, had many adventures, made many friends, and fostered his love of cooking. Besides being the best father, husband, and son imaginable, he was a mentor to many. His love of fishing from a young age never wavered.

Mark was a member of the American Fisheries Society, the Ecological Society of America, and the Association for the Advancement of Science, published over 100 scientific articles, and received numerous awards.

In addition to his parents, Sam and Rose Bain, of Bethel Park, PA, Mark is survived by his wife of 31 years, Jane Barden Bain; two sons, Paul and Gary Bain, both of Ithaca, NY; his siblings, Keith (Judy) Bain of Dallas, TX, Jeff (Sandy) Bain of Baden, PA, Terese Bain of Monaca, PA, and Sam (Lee) Bain of White Oak, PA. Mark is also survived by a large extended family and his wife’s family.

For those wishing to remember Mark in the form of a contribution, please consider the ALS Association at

Funeral services will be private. A public memorial service is being planned and will be announced at a later date.

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