Martin W. Boksenbaum

Emmaus, Pennsylvania


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Martin W. Boksenbaum, Ph.D. passed away peacefully on August 7, 2019 in the home he shared with his life partner, Pamela Ruch, from complications of leukemia. Other survivors include stepdaughter Laura Goloub, stepson Ivan Goloub and his wife Meg; and grandsons Zjygkian and Elijah Goloub. Martin was also close to his two nieces Jill Cooper and Hattie Sullivan; Hattie's children Ashley and William, Jr.; nephew Darren Cooper and his wife Regina; and their children, Paul, Wade, and Susan. He was preceded in death by his life partner of 38 years Janet Goloub, and his sister Ruby Boksenbaum Cooper.

Martin was a life-long educator and activist, believing fervently in his power to make the world a better place. He taught at the junior high school, high school and college levels with a focus on mathematics, retiring in 2001. His early activism included working for racial equity with the Brooklyn chapter of CORE, and, with Earl Price and many friends, helping to organize Committee for Peace and Freedom and the Brooklyn Civil Rights Defense Committee.

More recently, he turned his focus to the community, creating the Alliance for Sustainable Communities-LV, a nonprofit organization for fostering a self-sustaining local economy. A founding member of the Alliance, he served on its steering committee and became a driving force behind many of its efforts, including the yearly Directory of Sustainable Lehigh Valley organizations and businesses, and formation of the Beyond Capitalism Working Group.

He was also a founder and Chapter Leader of The Weston A. Price Foundation- LV, Lehigh Valley Greens, and Bertsch-Hokendauqua-Catasauqua Watershed Association. He served as a board member, board president, and newsletter editor of the Lehigh Valley Arts Council.

SERVICES: There will be an open ceremony at Green Meadows in Fountain Hill Cemetery, 1009–1011 Dodson St., Bethlehem, PA 18015 on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at 11:00 AM. Arrangements by Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Homes, Emmaus,

Memorial donations to the Alliance for Sustainable Communities-Lehigh Valley, 1966 Creek Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18015, will support Martin's life's work.

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My sincere condolences to his family and friends. I did some of his printing for him over the past 7 years for Weston Price Foundation and personally, he was a class act. I expected to see him for his quarterly newsletter coming up. Last year he did write a little booklet named "Portraits" of all his friends from 50 years ago. Rest in Peace Martin, you will be missed.

Dr. Boksenbaum was a colleague of mine at William Allen High School. He taught some classes in the Health Science Academy, prior to his retirement. He was a brilliant man. May he Rest In Peace.

I knew Martin from AHS (Allen High School), he was my teacher from 10-12th grade when I was in the HSF (Health Science Fitness Academy) as I graduated in 2001 when he also retired and maaaan do I have stories that I remember lol Our class gave him a run for his money for sure, but we always treated him with respect! Nothing but laughter when he taught! He was the best teacher and surely will be missed! My condolences to his family. RIP Martin

I would see Martin walking down the alley to get the mail at the post office in Treichlers. I enjoyed speaking to him as he was a wealth of information in many subjects. He always had a smile on his face and he would always listen when you spoke. I'm so glad I had the pleasure to meet him , And I extend my condolences to his family. He will be missed by many.

He was my middle school science teacher. He was a great teacher and a great person. He will be missed. May he RIP. Thoughts to his family.

My heart goes out to the family and friends morning Martin. He was a philanthropist, environmentalist and intellectual who added great value to the collective humanity in the LV. I want to thank him for generously supporting sustainability and the directory as well as the art that illustrated the voices of sustainability. He will be greatly missed and the admiration for him will live on in the legacy he left to the environmental community.

Condolences to Martin's family and loved ones. Martin was a wonderful man who gave so much to so many, especially in our Lehigh Valley Community. He will be much missed.

Martin was dedicated to creating a means for people to have access and information about alternative health, local organic farmers, and practitioners. I appreciate his longevity in leading our local chapter of the Weston A. Price foundation. It is a good life when one can look to him and say, "He made a difference in the quality of my life." I will miss him.

I knew Bill from our writing group, and I always found him a person who was ready to listen, and to help when needed. We have lost a very caring person.