Roger Martin

Roger Paul Martin, 75, of Lawrence, Kan., died Aug. 26, 2022, from complications related to Parkinson’s Disease. He was born Aug. 31, 1946, to Esther and Arthur Martin in St. Louis.


He worked 25 years at the University of Kansas as a research reporter, writer and editor. He founded Explore, an award-winning research magazine, and wrote commentaries about KU research for Kansas Public Radio. He was highly regarded for his ability to make complex scientific research accessible to lay audiences. He completed his career in the early 2000s as director of communications at both Kansas Action for Children and Kansas Health Institute in Topeka.
He is known for a wide breadth of publications, including Cows Are Freaky When They Look at You: An Oral History of the Kaw Valley Hemp Pickers, co-edited with David Ohle and Susan Brosseau; and A Doubter’s Guide to God. His essays appear in Echoes from the Prairie of the Great Plains Writers Group and in newspapers and magazines. From 1973 to 1985, he and David Ohle published an underground newspaper, The City Moon. The Roger Martin Collection is housed at the Spencer Research Library at KU.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Yoder; a sister-in-law, Carol Martin; the extended Yoder-Jensen-Dutton family; and his fellow seekers at Peace Mennonite Church. He was preceded in death by his only sibling, Robert.
A memorial service was held at First Baptist Church, Lawrence. Donations in his memory may be made to Peace Mennonite Church, the United Negro College Fund or Kansas Public Radio.

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