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Dr. Martin H. Greenberg (1941 - 2011)

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Greenberg, Dr. Martin H.

Dr. Martin H. Greenberg, 70, passed away on June 25, 2011, after a long battle with illness. He was born March 1, 1941, to the late Max and Mae Greenberg in South Miami Beach, Fla.

Martin received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Miami and went on to earn a Doctorate in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. He was the Dean of the School of International Studies at Florida International University, and he was the first Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and was a long-time professor there, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 1996, but he was best known for his long involvement in the publishing industry.

Starting with a reprint anthology of science fiction stories to help teach political science concepts in his classroom, Dr. Greenberg went on to found Tekno Books and was one of the founders of the Sci-Fi Channel. In nearly 40 years of working in the publishing field, much of which he did as a sideline while still a full-time professor, he helped publish more than 2,500 books, including novels, anthologies, and nonfiction works. He also received lifetime achievement awards in the fields of science fiction, mystery, and horror—the only person in history to win these awards in all three genres—among many other honors bestowed upon him during his distinguished career. Through his work in developing and maintaining markets for writers, Martin became close friends with many authors and always enjoyed spending time at conventions, meeting people and coming up with new ideas and projects.

In addition to his parents, Martin was preceded in death by his first wife, Sally.

He is survived by his wife, Rosalind; their daughter, Madeline, Seattle, Wash.; two stepdaughters from his first wife, Kari Walsh, wife of John Kerkhof, and their daughter, Delenn Kerkhof, Appleton, Wis.; and Kate Walsh, wife of Matt Hall, Bakersfield, Calif.

Services will be held at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 East Mason St. (468-4111), visitation at 9 a.m., service at 10 a.m., Monday, June 27, 2011, with Rabbi Shaina Bacharach officiating. Burial in Cnesses Israel Cemetery.

Martin's family would like to thank the staff of Heartland Hospice and his many doctors, nurses, and support staff for their dedicated and compassionate care. The family would also like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Jessica Dominiczak and Tricia Knaus for their devotion to Martin and their excellent, loving care.

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on June 26, 2011
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