Martin L. Meltz

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Martin L. Meltz Martin L. Meltz, PhD, 74, civic activist, distinguished biophysicist, and humanitarian, died unexpectedly of natural causes on January 11, 2017, at his home in Shell Beach, Calif. Born to Sybil and Kermit Meltz in New York City, he graduated from SUNY Stony Brook, and obtained his masters and PhD from the University of Rochester. Dr. Meltz performed postdoctoral research at the University of California Medical School at San Francisco before moving to San Antonio, Texas, where, in 1971, he joined the staff of the Southwest Foundation for Research and Education. In 1979, he became a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he taught and performed research until his retirement in 2007. Dr. Meltz was internationally known for his research into the mutational effects of microwaves and chemical substances on human cells. A passionate believer in community service, Martin focused his free time in San Antonio largely on issues of health care and K-12 education. Following the death of his beloved wife Joan Devaney, Martin moved to SLO county where he put his organizational enthusiasm to work for many different groups concerned with youth and seniors, and particularly for the homeless. Most recently he urged that the county declare a shelter crisis. Marty is survived by his daughter, Suzie Phipps, and her husband, Tom Phipps of Virginia; his grandchildren, Max, Ian, Sam, and Lucy; his sister, Gail Rubman, and her family of Oakland; his second family, the DeVaneys of Orange County; and his dear companion of several years, Debra Glahn of Nipomo. Martin, who led a full and worthy life, will be missed by the many people he helped. A Celebration of his Life will be held at 10:00am, Saturday, January 28, 2017, at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. Everyone is welcome. The family asks that any donations in his memory be sent to The Jewish Community Center of San Luis Obispo ( or the 5 Cities Homeless Coalition ( Sign his guestbook at
Published in San Luis Obispo County Tribune on Jan. 19, 2017
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