Services Monday for Prof. Emeritus Martin Greenberg

Visitation will take place at 9 a.m. followed by services at 10 a.m. Monday (June 27) for Prof. Emeritus Martin H. Greenberg, who died Saturday after a lengthy illness. Services will take place at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St.

Greenberg came to UW-Green Bay in 1969 and retired as a full professor in 1996. A member of the Urban and Regional Science faculty, he taught courses in political science and became known as an authority on Middle East affairs and terrorism. He also served as the first director of graduate studies at UW-Green Bay.

He was perhaps best known for his long involvement in the publishing industry.  Starting with a reprint anthology of science fiction stories to help teach political science concepts in his classroom, Greenberg went on to found Tekno Books and have a role in the creation of the national cable network, the Sci-Fi Channel.  He won industry awards for editing or helping to publish thousands of books including novels, anthologies and nonfiction works.  His collaborators included the likes of Tom Clancy, Dean Koontz, Nora Roberts and Isaac Asimov. Science fiction was required reading for many of his courses, and his popular senior seminar was always among the first courses to fill.

“The connection (of Tekno Books) to UW-Green Bay is very direct,” Greenberg once told an interviewer. “The University’s academic plan in the early days, and its emphasis on interdisciplinarity, allowed and encouraged me to develop unique kinds of courses. If I were in a more traditional institution, I probably wouldn’t be where I am now, so there’s a debt to UW-Green Bay.”

Greenberg was selected to deliver the May 2006 commencement address at UW-Green Bay. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sally. He is survived by his wife, Rosalind, and children. Rabbi Shaina Bacharach will officiate at Monday’s service, with burial in Cnesses Israel Cemetery. The obituary appeared in the Sunday issue of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: click here.

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