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AMT MARTIN P. AMT "Marty" Martin Paul Amt, 78, of Mt. Rainier, MD, died at home on Sunday, February 24, 2013, after a brief illness. Born November 17, 1934, in Easton, MD, he was the son of the late Rev. Paul Gerhard Amt and Dorothy (Brandes) Amt. Marty is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of more than 30 years, Kathleen Kane Amt; his daughters, Martha Amt (Joe Fitzhugh) of Frederick, MD, Jennifer Amt Walsh (Kendall) of Walton, KY and Paula Amt of Washington, DC; brothers, Richard C. Amt (Elizabeth) of Chambersburg, PA and David W. Amt of Rockville, MD; sister, Ruth L. Stover (Robert) of N. Olmsted, OH; and sister-in-law, Barbra Amt of Winchester, VA. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Phoebe, Phelan, Fiona and Farran Walsh; 10 nieces and nephews; and the mother of his children, Barbara. His twin brother, Gerhard John Amt, preceded him in death in 2010. After graduating from Bladensburg (MD) High School in 1952, Marty served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 through 1957, stationed primarily in Japan. In preparation for his duties as an interpreter on reconnaissance flights over China, he completed a year-long course in Mandarin at Yale University. The time spent in Japan sparked a life-long interest in Asian art and culture, which led to his career as Special Assistant to the Director at the Smithsonian Institution's Freer Gallery of Art in Washington. While at the Freer, he received a master's degree in fine arts from the George Washington University. Marty was an avid collector with eclectic taste, who could get just as excited about a weathered piece of metal he found lying in the street as he would about a fine antique. He enjoyed a long and happy retirement pursuing his many interests, especially buying and selling artifacts via the Internet. Through his online activities he cultivated many enduring friendships with like-minded collectors. A celebration of Marty's life will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013, in the Fellowship Hall of Trinity Lutheran Church, 4000 30th St., Mt. Rainier, MD from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. If you would like to share your condolences or a favorite memory of Marty, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear your stories. Marty was a regular blood donor for more than 40 years. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to your local chapter of the American Red Cross or to Hospice of the Chesapeake (www.hospicechesapeake.org).
Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 3, 2013