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Dr. Marcie Zinn, Ph.D.

December 28th, 2019

Marcie Lynn Zinn, 68, of Lincoln Park in Chicago died at Illinois Masonic Hospital on Saturday, December 28th, 2019.

Born May 6, 1951 in Canton, Illinois to Leo and Betty May, she was married to Mark Zinn who survives. Also surviving is her brother, Ronald May of St. Louis.

Visitation, Sunday, January 12, 2020 from 3:30PM to 8:00PM at Sheldon-Goglin-Kaminski Funeral Home, 5935 W. Belmont, Chicago, Illinois.

Interment, Monday, January 13, ,2020 in Maryville Cemetery, Bryant, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made at:

Marcie passed away of sudden heart failure. She will be greatly missed by her friends, family, and colleagues. All donations received will go to her husband Mark's account and will be used towards addressing immediate needs such as transportation to cemetery and funeral expenses. Any amount you contribute would be greatly appreciated to help lessen the financial burden associated with her loss.

Marcie was an extraordinary person who acquired an incredibly diverse background and skillset over her lifetime. She was a classically trained pianist, educator, experimental & clinical psychologist, and research scientist. She successfully pulled together neuroscience, mind/body medicine and statistical analysis for conducting studies in the areas of myalgic encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and the performing arts.

Her current research focus was in neurological health and chronic illness. She was diagnosed with ME/CFS in 2009 and her background with personal experiences allowed her to meaningfully interpret findings in patients with ME/ CFS. She was part of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Init iative at Stanford Medical School from 2009-2014. As part of her work at Stanford, she directed the quantit ative EEG/neuroscience projects where the goal was to study the cognitive impairment and fat igue issues in the ME/CFS population.

She found her own nonprofit (the NCR!) in 2014 for using precise neuroimaging methods to study neurological diseases. She became an expert in understanding the human stress system and how it affects health and disease. She obtained findings are increasingly important for the field of psychology, psychophysiology and medicine. From the detail inherent in these reports, new treatment methods can be developed for both palliative care and treatments for ME/CFS, as well as other neurocognitive disorders.

Marcie loved animals and as a child she checked out a training book from the public library and taught her dog Yogi to perform 31 separate tricks from the book. She had a small parakeet that she taught to speak many different words. She taught her cat tricks too. She loved cats and together we would care for anywhere between 4 and 7 indoor cats! More recently, she t rained her own service dog to do things like open a refrigerator door and fetch a bottle of water or a retrieve a pouch with her insulin pens and put it back. She was amazingly gifted at training both people and animals.

Marcie enriched the lives of so many people with her commitment, strong personal background, and abundance of caring. To celebrate her life, please share your heartfelt words of support, personal memories and photos you may have of Marcie.

Date of Services: January 12th, 2020


I am so sad. Marcie was an angel for us. We will miss her so much. I am sure you will too. Please know we hold her in our heart. I wish I knew more about her. Do send a message about her life so I can know more.

Submitted by Bobbi Ausubel on January 5th, 2020

Marcie was a fierce advocate for people with ME and determined to advance research. Thank you Marcie for all your sacrifices and contributions for the ME community. You will be missed. Peace be with you

Submitted by Amy Mooney on January 9th, 2020

So sorry to hear that she has passed on to a better place. We will miss her and appreciate the ground breaking neurological research she was doing to help the millions ill worldwide with ME, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. We need more people like Marcie!

Submitted by Mark and Dorothy Camenzind on January 9th, 2020

We knew Dr. Marcie for 10 years, and she touched our family's lives in many ways. She was so alive with so many ideas in her head, and so ready to execute them. I can't imagine a place without her here, as she was a strong cerebral force, adding so much. She will be missed in academia, but also for who she was - a confident, positive, role model.

Submitted by Hashimoto family on January 14th, 2020

Sending my sincerest condolences to Mark Zinn and Marcie Zinn’s family and friends. The ME/ CFS community will always be grateful for the work of Marcie and Mark. I am so sorry.

Submitted by Lisa m Fera on April 21st, 2020

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