Rudy Martin, a founding faculty member of Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, died on March 5. He was 80 years old.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Martin moved to California at the age of 8. He earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree at San Francisco State University. He then taught at a California high school and at a community college in California, before taking a faculty post at Washington State University, where he earned a Ph.D. in 1974.
In 1970, Martin was one of 18 founding faculty members at Evergreen State College. During a 27-year career at Evergreen State, Dr. Martin served as academic dean and taught classes in the humanities and the arts. He retired in 1997.