Marina Neris MBA ’74 was born in New Haven, Connecticut, on Sept. 19, 1940. The daughter of Leonidas and Theone Neris, Marina lived much of her life in California, but Connecticut was her home. Her first job was working at the Bell Letter Service in Hamden, a business owned and run by her mother. She earned her bachelor’s from Connecticut College and MBA from SCU. Marina held a variety of professions, including high school teacher and basketball coach, owner of a printing business, office manager, bookstore owner and IT professional at Yale University. She raised her children in San Jose, where she was a community leader and president of the Almaden Valley Youth Athletic Association. Nothing brought her more joy than her amazing granddaughter “little” Marina, the light of her life. She loved gardening, hiking, reading, sports and the San Francisco 49ers. Her Greek heritage and family, of which she was the matriarch, meant so much to her—that included Greek food, music, and dancing, and she was able to make trips to Greece. Her travels also took her to Australia, Hawaii, hiking the Grand Tetons and the Grand Canyon. She also volunteered for the Branford Land Trust.
Marina died on March 13, 2019, at Connecticut Hospice.