On October 1, 2022 at Bombyx in Florence, Massachusetts the Markham-Nathan Fund for Social Justice will celebrate the life and work of our beloved Marty Nathan, MD. More details to follow.
Marty Nathan, MD (1951-2021)
Marty Nathan, MD was a physician residing in Northampton. Before her retirement she worked at Brightwood Health Center in Springfield. After the death of her first husband, Michael, Marty and other survivors successfully sued Klansmen, Nazis and Greensboro Police and, with the judgment won in this case, Marty helped initiate and for 15 years directed the Greensboro Justice Fund as a funding organization. Over the next twenty years the GJF raised and gave away $500,000 as grants to small groups fighting for civil rights and social justice in the US South. Marty lived in the Northampton area since 1995, and was a founder, with her friend Arky Markham, of the Northampton Bill of Rights Defense Committee, the Pioneer Valley Coalition Against Secrecy and Torture and the Pioneer Valley Coalition to Prevent War on Iran. She was on the steering committee of Climate Action Now and founding member of The Cliniquita Fund of the Pioneer Valley Project. She is survived by her husband Elliot Fratkin and her three children: Leah Nathan, Mulugetta and Masaye Fratkin.
Marty and Arky, with their friends, created the Markham-Nathan Fund for Social Justice in honor of their husbands. It serves grassroots social justice and peace groups in Western Massachusetts. They urge you to join them to support those groups that are working to build a better world.