Martha Helen Dietz

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Martha Helen
Martha Helen Dietz, of Kenmore, WA, passed away on July 11, 2014, at the age of 68. Born in Tacoma, WA, to Tom and Sally Bell, she received her BA, MA and PhD from Stanford University. She taught at the University of New Mexico where she met Ted Dietz whom she married in 1972. They had two children. Zachariah is a Mathematician in IL, daughter Maya serves as a military Chaplain in South Korea. Before coming to Colgate University in 1978, Martha taught German at the University of California at Riverside. For the next 20 years she was a tireless and creative member of Colgate's academic and administrative communities, first in the Department of German, then Assistant Dean of the Faculty, finally Director of Corporate, Foundation, Governmental Relations. In 1998 she accepted a similar position at the University of Washington in Seattle. After her retirement, she earned her M.A. to teach English as a Second Language and accepted a position at Zirve University in Turkey. Her comprehensive blog persists on-line at She returned to continue her ESL career at the University of Washington. In 2012 she turned her energies to the role of traveling grandmother. Martha was a fearless participator in and ardent supporter of causes she believed in. She was active in her church, loved to ride her bike, go birding with her husband, and play her violin in the Colgate orchestra. She had China-blue eyes, an engaging smile, a joyous and gentle voice and an approachable manner. She exuded an inextinguishable aura of spiritualness. Donations in memory of Martha may be sent to the Sempervirens Fund, a Redwood preservation organization,
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Aug. 7, 2014
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