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TAMNY--Martin, passed away on October 18, 2014. He was born in the Bronx, attended George Washington High School, the City College of New York, Wolfson College at Oxford, and received his PhD from City University of New York in 1976. He was Professor of Philosophy and then a most cherished, principled and accomplished Dean of Social Sciences, then of Humanities and the Arts at CCNY while also teaching at the CUNY Graduate Center. His classes ranged over many areas of philosophy, but his central interests were in the philosophy and history of science. Among many other publications, he co-edited Isaac Newton's Trinity Notebook, an important early manuscript of Newton's. As Dean of Humanities, Martin navigated the division through one of the worst fiscal crises in CCNY's history, managing to strengthen it through far-seeing strategic initiatives, including the establishment of the K.D. Irani endowment in philosophy. Martin's distinguished accomplishments as a professor, writer, and administrator never took precedence over his evident humanity, which showed in his dealings with colleagues and friends, but was most apparent in his family. Deeply devoted to his wife Myrna, of more than fifty years who died in 2013, he was a warm, often funny and always present and supportive father to Mark and Tara. His death is a profound loss to them and to their spouses, Coleen and Matthew, and Martin's grandchildren, Ella, Ben and Toby.

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Published in New York Times on Oct. 19, 2014.
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October 13, 2020
Martin, in my eyes was a Gentle Giant with a loving heart. The pride he had for his children (Mark and Tara) had shown on his face and the loving look he had for his grandchildren (Ella, Ben and Toby) when he talked about them and being around them was a joy to see. Martin also was loving to my daughter, Coleen.
Martin, you will always be in our hearts and are missed with a very heavy heart!
Betty Kitashima
October 13, 2020
I always remember the way Martin and my father ( Bernard Schwartz) spoke to each other about science and other things they had a mutual interest in. My father (and our family ) always looked forward to getting together with Martin (and his family). Chuck Schwartz
Chuck Schwartz
October 22, 2014
Martin and my father spent many hours together discussing many things- many about science, since both were men of science. Now, they are up in heaven discussing science and other things.
Chuck Schwartz
October 22, 2014
thanks for making philosophy an inclusive space decades before the phrase became a handy tag and tool for barter
Helen Lauer
October 21, 2014
Tara, I will always remember the living room in your family home in NJ being filled with books and your parents having interesting conversations. The kind kids don't often get included in. And I recall thinking they must be very special people full of ideas. I am so sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace and comfort at this difficult time, old friend. Xx
Meg Rogers-Baugnon
October 21, 2014
We are very sorry for your loss. We had the pleasure of meeting Martin while visiting mom at the Atria.
Marjee B
October 21, 2014
Gone but will not be forgotten, may he R.I.P and may you be comforted by prayers, memories, and the love of family and friends
October 21, 2014
Martin Tamny was my advisor when I was an undergraduate at CCNY. He was a wonderful teacher and a wonderful person - unflappably clear, patient, witty, and always ready to talk philosophy. He honored me by discussing his research on Newton with me. His ability to treat a mere undergraduate as a philosophical equal - i.e. with attention and respect - is a memory I have carried with me ever since. He was an exemplary philosophical role model, and a very kind person. I will miss him.
Adrian M. S. Piper
October 21, 2014
I will always remember Martin being interested in what you had to say and listening intently. Ready to share funny stories with you too. Loved his beautiful smile when talking about the grandchildren.
Betty Kitashima
October 21, 2014
So sorry for your loss guys… I remember Martin downloading pictures from the Hubble telescope when it just went up, and this was before most people had such fancy internet access... It was always an interesting conversation with Martin! David x
David Lieberman
October 21, 2014
Martin, for years we loved taking care of you just as much as you loved taking care of us. You were like a father to me and to several others, the nurturer that you were. It was a gift to know you, and an honor to be with you and take care of you one last time. Much love. Rest in peace.
Debbie Rowe
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