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Francis W. Martin ’73

January 25, 2022, in San Clemente, California.

Frank was born in Detroit, Michigan, and graduated from Reed with a bachelor’s degree in Russian and Slavic studies. He wrote his thesis, “Pushkin Alias Evgeni: The Bronze Horseman as Autobiography,” advised by Prof. Douglas Herron [Russian 1972–76], and went on to earn a master’s degree in international business.

Fluent in English, Spanish, German, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, and Japanese, Frank had a successful career in the computer and software industry. In 1988, he was hired by Toshiba Computers America, which moved the family to San Clemente, California, from the Chicago, Illinois, area. He retired at age 55 and began pursuing his personal hobbies. An avid hiker and outdoorsman, he traveled to many famous hiking locations around the world, such as Machu Picchu, Mt. Whitney, and Mt. Everest, and was a talented photographer and video editor.

He is survived by his wife, Vesna; his two children, Richard and Rebecca; his sister, Jan Norton; and his brother, Rick Martin.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2022

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