In Memoriam - Martin Bachman z"l

Baruch Dayan Emet

Dear Gratz Community:

It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of Martin Bachman (z”l). He was a great man, a great friend of Gratz, and a veteran who volunteered to serve in combat in World War II.  In his humility, his dedication to public service and his philanthropy, Marty personified what we have come to call America’s Greatest Generation.

He served for nearly thirty years as a member of the Gratz College Board of Governors. He and his wife Lois attended our adult Jewish education classes together after the War.  Marty’s daughter, Marjorie Boxbaum, is an alumnae of Gratz College.  In 2003, Marty and Lois made a major gift to establish the Bachman Rare Book Room in the College’s Tuttleman Library. The room houses our many rare books, Gratz’s archival materials, and some of the papers of the family of Hyman Gratz.  It protects and preserves a part of the College’s – and America’s -- legacy, and provides unique sources for research.

In 2010, Gratz awarded Marty an honorary doctorate for his decades of service to the college and his lifelong commitment to education. 

I am honored to have known Marty, if even for a short time. When I came to Gratz as President in late 2017, he and Lois graciously welcomed me and shared stories about their lives and their deep connection to Gratz over many decades.  Marty was deeply committed to his family, his community, and to learning, and he put his ideals into action.  His life was truly an inspiration. Shortly after we met last year, he agreed to an interview for our College newsletter, Gratz Today. I hope you will take a moment to read it and feel as inspired as I am by his story.

Paul Finkelman, Ph.D.
President of Gratz College