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Boise State Mourns the Passing of Carol Martin

By: Brady W Moore   Published 1:19 pm / June 26, 2017

Archive photo of Carol Martin. Carol Ann Martin, born in Niagara Falls on Oct. 26, 1941, passed away at her Boise home on June 14.

Martin moved to Boise in 1972 to teach at what was then the Boise State College English Department. She was beloved by students during her four decades of teaching. She was a dedicated and demanding teacher; selected by several top 10 scholars as the professor who influenced them most. Martin earned a post as the first female department chair in 1983, became vice president of academic affairs in 1994 and then left administration to work for the Oxford University Press.

Martin and her husband, Lonnie, travelled the world, presenting at conferences in Australia, the United Kingdom and around the United States. They visited stepchildren in Japan, China, the Central African Republic, Vietnam and East Timor. They visited six continents and too many countries to name, but loved their time in London and counted the Galapagos as one of their favorite trips. In Boise, Martin started Lit for Lunch, served as a founding member of the City Club, and received the Joyce Stein award from the Women’s and Children’s Alliance for her public service to them and the community.

A memorial service and reception will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 6 in the Simplot Ballroom of the Student Union Building at Boise State. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance, the Lonnie L. Willis Scholarship Fund or the William, Anne and Carol Martin Scholarship Fund at Boise State.