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Martin Katz
Credit: Courtesy of Gabriele Loosen
Martin Katz

Martin Katz, 96, of Menlo Park, California, died March 25, 2024.

“Martin was a renaissance man who lived five lifetimes in one extraordinary lifetime of almost 97 years. With his sharp mind and generous heart, he was curious, energetic, and passionate about everything. He adored his family and participated enthusiastically in activities and travel with them, playing tennis and skiing into his 80s. After retiring from the pharmaceutical industry, he pursued his interest in art by becoming a sculptor. His artwork has been featured in 9/11 remembrance exhibitions and installations at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, California, among other venues.”—Hallie Normington, daughter

Most recent title: Senior vice president of research, Syntex

Education: BS, Saint John's University in New York City, 1948; MS, pharmaceutical chemistry and science education, 1948, and MA, 1951, Columbia University; PhD, pharmacy, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, 1954

Survivors: Daughters, Beth Katz Helms and Hallie Katz Normington; four grandchildren; three great grandchildren; companion, Gabriele Loosen

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