Obituary: Martin Wilder, Professor Emeritus of Microbiology

Martin Stuart Wilder
Martin Stuart Wilder

Martin Stuart Wilder, 80, of Sarasota, Florida, professor emeritus of microbiology, died Oct. 6.

Born May 20, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York, he received his bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College in 1960 and his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1966. He spent two years as a National Academy of Sciences postdoctoral research associate in Ft. Detrick, Frederick, Maryland.

He joined the UMass Amherst department of microbiology in 1968.

He taught multiple undergraduate and graduate-level courses, led graduate programs, was an editor and reviewer for various journals and developed new programs to strengthen the department.

He retired in 1992 and moved to Sarasota shortly thereafter.

He is survived by his wife Anna; son Kenneth (Sandra Hurtado Rúa); daughters Esther Isabelle (Saam Trivedi) and Elizabeth (Ian Mould); his sister Edythe Erdman (Robert Erdman); and brother Ira Wilder (Jo Wilder).

He was predeceased by his first wife, Teresa McGhee.

Donations in his memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, Finance Dept., 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016 or to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW, Washington, DC 20024-2126.