Marti Kheel Scholar/activist, a gentle soul, a person of determination, courage, conviction and humor, died November 19th in Greenwich, CT of acute myeloid leukemia. She was 63 years old. Founder of Feminists for Animal Rights, author of Nature Ethics: An Ecofeminist Perspective and such landmark articles as "The Liberation of Nature: A Circular Affair," "From Heroic to Holistic Ethics: The Ecofeminist Challenge," and "From Healing Herbs to Deadly Drugs: Western Medicine's War Against the Natural World," Marti wove a unique life, blending her activism on behalf of animals and the environment with her scholarship as a leading voice in ecofeminist ethics. Forever learning, Marti held a B.A. in history from the University of Wisconsin, an M.A. in sociology from McGill University, and a Ph.D. in religious studies from the Graduate Theological Union. Most recently she was a visiting scholar in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley. Beloved by her sisters Ellen, Connie, Jane and Kate, brother Bob, brother-in-law Arnie, nieces and nephews AJ, Beryl, Dan, David, Dunya, Rick, Douglas, Sarah, Rachel, Rivka and Eliyahu, dear friends and colleagues from Berkeley to New York, to every corner of the planet, Marti loved every creature, loved language, loved laughter (and would tell you planets don't have corners). Marti was pre-deceased by her mother Ann Sunstein Kheel and her father Theodore Kheel of New York. Memorial plans in New York and Berkeley will be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to any of these charities that she supported: Feminists for Animal Rights; Animal People; Food Empowerment Project; EMF-Safety Network; Stopsmartmeters.org; or International Fund for Africa.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 21, 2011