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Obituary: Brian G. Gilmartin


October 21, 2016

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Brian G. Gilmartin, 76, passed away due to natural causes at his residence Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, at Holland & Bonine Funeral Chapel.

Memorials in Brian's name have been suggested to the MSU-Northern Alumni Foundation, Bread For The World, 425 3rd Street SW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20024, [email protected], or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Services and arrangements have been entrusted to Holland & Bonine Funeral Home.

Please visit Brian's online memorial page at http://www.hollandbonine.com.

Brian was born May 18, 1940, to George and Estelle (Johnson) Gilmartin and was raised near Newark, New Jersey. He studied psychology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, receiving his bachelor's degree in 1962. He went on to earn his master's in psychology in 1965 from the University of Utah, and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1969 with a Ph.D. in social psychology, where he specialized in the study of marriage and family relationships.

Dr. Gilmartin began his teaching career as an assistant professor at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, and was a visiting professor at several universities throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including California State Polytechnic, Auburn University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and East Tennessee State University. Gilmartin moved to Massachusetts in 1980, where he accepted an assistant professorship at Westfield State College. Since 1988, he has taught psychology and sociology at Montana State University-Northern.

Dr. Gilmartin was an avid traveler, and spent most summer vacations abroad. He loved to experience other cultures, and learned a great deal in his travels. He especially adored his standard poodles, who were like children to him.

Dr. Gilmartin was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.


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