All other things being equal, the form of the name on a published work
should take precedence over that on a thesis, since thesis-writers are
often required by their schools to use their official names, and we'll
never see that form of the name again. 

I would formulate according to your second example.

Deborah J. Leslie, M.A., M.L.S. 
Head of Cataloging 
Folger Shakespeare Library 
201 East Capitol St., S.E. 
Washington, D.C. 20003 
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Subject: heading on record for a thesis

I want to establish a heading for Marc J. Russell, author of
Verification of bay productivity measurement by remote sensors.
(ocm76884043). There is already a record for this title in OCLC with the
heading Russell, Marc J.

I know that this is the same person listed as author of the thesis: Net
ecosystem metabolism in Texas shallow water estuaries (ocm68816448)
Russell, Marc James |d 1975

and likely  Marc Russell	(ocm54855207 and ocm54488377)

I'm unsure how to determine which version of the name to use.  Can
someone please tell me if I can use the fullest form as found on the
Russell, Marc James, |d 1975
Russell, Marc J. |q (Marc James), |d 1975
Russell, Marc J.

Thank you for your help.

Pat Fowler

Patsy D. Fowler
Head, Cataloging Department
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Archives and Information Services Division
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