Martin received his Bachelor’s and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He was a professor at MSU from 1964-1999 and was the founder and first head of the Neurosciences Program at MSU. Martin was also a founding member of Congregation Kehillat Israel. He was extremely proud of his children’s achievements and those of his former students.
As a former student wrote, “Marty was a wonderful, kind, and patient mentor for me. More than anyone else, he taught me how to think about science…Marty gave me so very much, lovingly, patiently. He was the ultimate mentor to a dumb Jewish kid who should never have been allowed to go into science, and he insisted that I become a scientist. Thank him; he’ll be in our hearts and prayers.”
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Corinne Balaban; children, Dr. Carey (Naomi) Balaban, Dr. Evan (Maria Pompeiano) Balaban and Dr. Cassia (Robert) Freedland; seven grandchildren, Ilana, Shira, Avital, Devora, Benjamin, Graham and Julian; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Dr. Bernard (Martha) Balaban; and many nieces and nephews and friends.
The funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, with Rabbi Michael Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Kehillat Israel, Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger, or to the National Yiddish Book Center.