From Michael’s 3/17 email announcement:
It is with deep sadness that I share with you that Founding Faculty Member Rudy Martin passed away over the weekend. Rudy retired in 1997 after 27 years of service to the College. A resolution presented by the Board of Trustees conferring Emeritus status to Rudy, based largely on comments from colleagues, described his work as follows:
In recognition of his 27 years of exceptional dedication to The Evergreen State College as a Founding Faculty Member, as both the first Academic Dean and Faculty Chair to be drawn from the faculty, as the first Director of the Northwest Region Office of the National Faculty, and as the consummate teacher and colleague; as a rigorous scholar in literature, writing, and American Studies; as a gifted leader and team-builder; as the record-holder for having the most variety and highest number of teaching partners; and as a long-standing, loyal and caring friend to countless faculty, staff, students, and alums;
In appreciation for holding us to our convictions and values; and for his sound judgment, deadly accurate memory, fairness, toughness, useful stubbornness combined with an immense geniality, learning, intelligence, and dignity.
I extend my condolences to Rudy’s wife and former Evergreen Vice President for Student Affairs Gail Martin, stepson Grant Whiting who is a current employee in Building Services, along with the rest of his family, friends, colleagues and students. Details about ways to more formally remember Rudy will be forthcoming as they are available.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
The Evergreen State College
Olympia, WA 98505