Dr. Martha R. Fowlkes
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FOWLKES, Martha R. (nee Richmond), Ph.D. Age 68, died March 17 at Knollwood Nursing Center in Worcester. She had lived for nearly 22 years with lymphoma. Born in Lynn, MA, she graduated from Glen Ridge (NJ) High School. Fowlkes graduated from Smith College in 1961, and then obtained her Master's degree in Anthropology from the London School of Economics, and her Ph.D. in Sociology from UMass-Amherst in 1976. She often boasted that she'd delivered triplets that year, completing her dissertation and delivering twin daughters in such a short period of time. A staunch supporter of women's rights, Fowlkes co-founded the first Memphis, TN chapter of NOW in 1969. She believed whole-heartedly in equality, diversity, and acceptance for all human beings. She taught in the Sociology department of Smith College for many years, and served as Smith's Dean of Student Affairs. She was Dean of the School of Family Studies at UConn-Storrs, splitting her time between Hampton, CT and Cambridge, MA until retiring from her position in UConn's School of Education. She wrote many book reviews, and studied and wrote on topics including Salem witchcraft, wives of medical and academic doctors, deinstitutionalization, Smith College alumnae, Three Mile Island, and Love Canal. Fowlkes was an avid reader, gardener, bird watcher, and she loved to travel. She leaves four daughters and their spouses: Lisa and Stuart Pollack of North Attleboro, MA; Anne Bladen and Jill Barton of Hampton, CT; Abigail Fowlkes of Annapolis, MD; and Maggie Fowlkes and Jon Shirland of Brookline, MA. She also leaves three grandchildren: Jason Pollack, and Lucas and Gracie Bladen. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers or donations, Martha's daughters request that friends perform a good deed for someone in need.

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Published in Boston Globe on Mar. 20, 2009.
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March 23, 2009
I had a truly memorable class with Dr. Fowlkes at Smith. She was dedicated and passionate.

Amy Doppelt, Smith '81
Amy Doppelt
March 23, 2009
I am sorry for your loss. I had one class with Dr. Fowlkes at Smith. She was a wonderful, sharing teacher.

Jill Berkowitz-Berliner, DPM, Smith '87
Jill Berkowitz-Berliner
March 22, 2009
Abigail - I"m so very sorry for your loss my friend. You are all in my thoughts and prayers....sending you love
Leanne Posko
March 20, 2009
Maggie, Natalie just informed me of your loss. I'm so sorry to hear that your mom passed away this week. Of course, I never knew your mother, but I just read the obituary, and can say that she certainly was a remarkable woman, with many wonderful achievements. One of the most noteworthy is the legacy she passed on in her daughters. I was so touched by the fact that you all requested that we perform a good deed for someone in need, in your mother's memory. I'm sure she would be very proud of you and your sisters. And, I wish you all peace during your time of grief.
Jean Wallace
March 20, 2009
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Caroline Osterman
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