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Marty Wyngaarden Krauss

Marty Wyngaarden Krauss

October 4th, 1951 - January 12th, 2022

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**The Memorial and Celebration of Marty Krauss will be held as follows:


Saturday June 18, 2022


1pm Memorial with Celebration to follow


Church of Our Saviour, 25 Monmouth St, Brookline MA 02446


For remote attendance, please register for the Zoom broadcast: http://qrco.de/martykrauss


Born in Boston and raised mainly in North Carolina interspersed with years in Philadelphia and France, Marty was a unique and freethinking leader, advocating for equality as a teen. She attended University of Michigan, receiving a BA in 1974. She moved to Boston where she was hired as a project secretary at Abt Associates of Cambridge. Her work conducting field interviews of parents of children with developmental disabilities led to a lifelong interest in advocating for services for people in need.


Marty received her PhD from Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management in 1981, joined the faculty in 1984, and became a tenured professor. There she worked with Gunnar and Rosemary Dybwad, leaders of the burgeoning movement for deinstitutionalizing services for developmentally disabled, eventually serving as director of the Nathan and Toby Starr Center on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at Brandeis and chairperson of the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission on Mental Retardation under Governor Dukakis. 


Marty’s contributions included over 75 publications highlighted by one of the earliest NIH grant-funded longitudinal studies on developmental disabilities. Her work led to social policy advancements in Massachusetts which became a model for the nation with support service frameworks that were replicated across the country.


Marty received many awards for her pioneering research and advocacy for families of people with developmental disabilities. Of note, Marty was awarded the prestigious Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation Future Leaders Award in 1990 and served on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics International from 1992-2002. For many years, Marty worked closely with the Kennedy family, helping them shape their programs to aid people with developmental disabilities.


Her career evolved as she was asked to join the senior administration at Brandeis, first serving as associate dean for faculty and academic programs at the Heller School. From 2003 to 2011, she was Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the university. After a brief retirement, Marty returned to Brandeis as interim dean of the Heller School from 2014-2017. 


During her impressive career, she raised 3 children in Brookline with her husband, Richard Krauss, founding principal of Arrowstreet Inc. Architects and Planners. Marty became a pillar of the community both in Brookline and on the Brandeis campus. A southern belle who found her calling and made her home in the greater Boston area, Marty’s preternatural leadership and consensus building skills led to many requests to join community-based organizations, and just as often, she obliged with a smile. Marty was President of Brookline’s Cottage Farm Neighborhood Association and held legendary cookouts and holiday parties. She was the glue that bonded many communities and the easy-going originator of many traditions that persist today. 


She was noted for her hospitality and warm smile, always curious about others and their lives. She impacted everyone she spent time with, especially mentoring the women around her to be independent and brave. She was, herself, an authentic, kind, and bold woman who reached the height of her professional and personal life through merit, fierce advocacy, and an oft-cited ability to “bring a group to consensus” through pragmatic optimism, persuasion and charm.

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Name Marty Wyngaarden Krauss
Date of Birth October 4th, 1951
Date of Death January 12th, 2022
Home Town Durham, NC, US 
Other City Cambridge, MA, US 
In Memoriam Donation Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at the Heller School, Brandeis University (select “other” and designate Lurie Institute IMO Marty Krauss)
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Cemetery Mount Auburn Cemetery
Address 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge MA 02138
United States
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1974 University of Michigan, BA
1977 Married Richard Krauss
1981 Brandeis University, PhD
1982 Jake born
1983 Becky born
1984 David born

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Leo Sarkissian published a tribute .

We were saddened to hear of Marty's loss. My heartfelt sympathy to her family. One of her major contributions was in regard to the waiting list for services faced by individuals with intellectual disabilities at the state agency now known as the Department of Developmental Services. It serves as a model for how academic work can be relevant and result in positive public policies. Marty guided research on this waiting list through her graduate student, Diane Griffiths. The result was: "Waiting in the Wings" which documented the struggle of adults and their families. Marty also played a key role in the publication of the state agency's report on this pressing policy issue, as well as facilitating three-years of funding to begin "Family to Family" hosted at The Arc of Massachusetts. This is but one area where she has left a lasting imprint.

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Matt published a tribute .

I never knew Marty personally but I have learned a great deal FROM her through stories. In judaism, the ultimate form of charity is to support someone by endowing them with a gift or loan, or entering into a partnership with them, or finding employment for them, in order to strengthen their hand so that they will not need to be dependent upon others. From the tributes here and in her son Dave with whom I work, it seems Marty lived this mantra and is still paying it forward. How rich!

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Donna Haig Friedman published a tribute .

Marty was generous beyond words to those of us whom she mentored, including me. What I learned from her about using your talents and passions to contribute to a better world is deep in my bones. I am very saddened by her passing.

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Laura Oskowitz published a tribute .

Marty was a shining light.
As a board member of Heller we had several wonderful discussions about the north end and the Kennedy family.
My sincere condolences .

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Susan Dibble published a tribute .

Marty was a woman who made me feel solid in who I am. She smiled and hugged me, she spoke to me in a way that all women who give me strength, speak to me. She was a woman who demonstrated fearless leadership and gave me a chance to be a leader.

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Stephen Gulley published a comment .

Marty was my primary mentor during my doctoral studies at Heller and took me under her wing as the neophyte researcher and teacher I was. She held the bar high and never once failed to provide me with the resources and supports needed to succeed at the tasks at hand… for years. The skills she imparted are now parts of me that I rely upon every day to do what I do. And I am but one of many, many such students of hers. The ripple effects of her work as a professor and scholar will last for a generation – and more.

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Ruth Freedman published a comment .

I am so sad to hear that our beloved Marty has passed away. I am also so grateful that Marty has been an important part of my life and a wonderful colleague/friend. Marty was so helpful and supportive to me personally and professionally during my Heller doctoral studies and my academic career at Boston University School of Social Work.

I admire how strong, open, and honest Marty was, even as she dealt with the challenges of her advanced cancer. I will always remember Marty’s warm smile, strength, and elegance. May these memories be a blessing to all who knew and loved her.

Ruth Freedman

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Gael Orsmond published a tribute .

Marty was an exceptional mentor to me and I will forever be grateful. Along with Marsha Mailick, she mentored me through my post-doctoral fellowship and early academic career. I learned how to have exceptionally high standards for research and dissemination, and then had the opportunity to see her administrative acumen. I was fortunate to be invited to a few holiday parties and remember those joyous times vividly. Marty was far too young for her journey to end. My heart goes out to her family. May you treasure your memories and find peace in each other's comfort.

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Jean Mccoy published a tribute .

I was so sad to hear of Marty’s passing. The relationship Marty and I developed over the years I worked as her administrative assistant was special and I will always treasure it. My sincere condolences to her family.

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Susan Epstein published a tribute .

I was so saddened by this news. We lost a true advocate, someone who led with warmth and respect, who modeled collaboration. I was honored to work with Marty for over two decades and always valued her insights and wise advice. May her memory be a blessing.

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Valerie Bradley published a tribute .

So very sorry to hear of Marty's passing -- she was such an important researcher in the field of IDD. I first met Marty many years ago when she was working with Elinor Gollay on landmark national research projects. Since then I've followed her impressive career and her many contributions. The field and the lives of her friends, colleagues and family were enhanced by her presence. I know that mine was.

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Robert Schalock published a comment .

Marty was an inspiration to all who knew her. She was a visionary, organizer, and promoter whose leadership and welcoming smile will be missed. A highlight for me was to have dinner in her home with she and Gunter--WHAT AN EVERNING! Bob Schalock

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Marsha Ellison published a comment .

Marty was a mentor during my very early years of disability policy studies. I learned research skills from her that I carry today. So sorry to hear of her loss

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Evelyne Dreyfuss published a comment .

Marty has a special place in my heart not only as the first person I met when I arrived in the States but mostly for the warm welcoming she had bestowed on me and my family. She opened her heart and home to us along with her ever present big smile. Over the years, as we raised our children, had family outings, holiday parties and personal luncheons, I got to know and love Marty as the open, direct and down to earth woman that she was. What I didn't know was that Marty was also extremely humble. She talked about work demands among other things but never about her immense professional achievements. What a very special person indeed. I feel blessed to have known her.

Sending mydeepest symapathy to Richard, Jake, Becky & David.
Love,
Evelyne Dreyfuss

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Betsy Anderson published a tribute .

Marty - what a loss - to your family, your colleagues, your friends. We will so miss your intelligence, your commitment, your vivacity and grace. I am so glad to have so many wonderful Marty memories. . .

Betsy, Federation for Children, Family Voices

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Stephen Gulley published a tribute .

Marty was my primary mentor during my doctoral studies at Heller and took me under her wing as the neophyte researcher and teacher I was. She held the bar high and never once failed to provide me with the resources and supports needed to succeed at the tasks at hand… for years. The skills she imparted are now parts of me that I rely upon every day to do what I do. And I am but one of many, many such students of hers. The ripple effects of her work as a professor and scholar will last for a generation – and more.

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Dotty Robison published a comment .

For 16 years I was the Project Manager for two of Marty’s large studies about family caregiving over the life course. It was my privilege to interview parents in their homes and hear about the joys as well as the challenges they faced as they grew older. Marty viewed each and every study participant as an individual with a gift of knowledge and experience that needed to be heard. To me, Marty was first and foremost a teacher and mentor. From Ph.d candidates to work-study students, she taught us all something we will never forget about life, discipline, and setting goals. To all who knew her, she will never be forgotten

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Angelito Santos published a tribute .

As Budget Systems person who worked or collaborated with the Brandeis schools and centers and institutes, I had very pleasant and productive relationship with Marty. She was approachable, knowledgeable, and easy to work with. She would even spend time asking about my family. She was a great Dean, Provost and person.

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Alfonso Canella published a tribute .

I first met Marty when I joined a committee she co-chaired. During one of the meetings, I made a comment along the lines of "well, doing that would be pretty retarded." Marty took me to task, and she was right. From then on, we collaborated closely to advance the committee's work. And it was so easy working with Marty! She was smart, knowledgeable, compassionate, and sensible. She was formidable.

I was thrilled when she was named Provost and made another comment along the lines of "well, now you must drink from the poisoned chalice." This time she laughed.

While I ache at the news and my eyes well up, I am grateful to have had the chance to know her and work with her. Her memory will live forever in those that appreciate her and let her memory imbue our future actions.

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Joan Tieman published a tribute .

Becky and David,
I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s death. I remember her as a devoted Mum and a lovely person. Please know I am thinking of you and your dad. May your mother be for a blessing

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Michelle Scichilone published a tribute .

I am so sad to learn of Marty's passing. I worked at Brandeis for many years and was able to get to know Marty on a personal level. She was a leader that I admired. She cared for the Brandeis community and would "tell it like it is". My sincerest condolences to Marty's family. I am grateful that I knew her and will miss her smile.

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Helen Tager-Flusberg published a tribute .

I was so sad to hear this news about Marty. Marty was an amazing, woman, scientist, and leader. We first met when our sons were in preschool and then reconnected years later through our mutual research interests in autism, disabilities research and collaborated on an NIH funded project together. Marty was a beautiful and strong person - she loved her family, her work and the many families whose lives she touched with her work. I wish I had stayed in contact in recent years. Condolences to all the family - may her memory be a blessing.

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Lana Denooyer published a tribute .

I was sad to hear about Marty..
Although we didn't see each Other often,I remember many summers with the cousins in michigan..
Marty and I are ' twin cousins 'we share the same birthday...
A special bond.
My thoughts are with the family at this time.

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Deborah Klein Walker published a tribute .

I am sad to learn of Marty’s death. She was a giant in the field of disability research and advocacy and will be missed. May we all carry her passion and caring forward in our lives and work for a better world.

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Jana Gandy published a tribute .

Among my oldest group of friends, it was agreed that Marty was everyone’s favorite. That says it all!
Her sister

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Jan Welch Taylor published a comment .

Jana, I am so sorry for your loss. Marty was a special young girl and grew into an awesome woman with a heart of gold. So warm, open and caring. We shared so many sweet, fun, play times & pajama parties as young girls in the Trinity Park neighborhood into DHS, then again at our 40th reunion when she opened up sharing about her family and work. So many of us at George Watts through DHS were blessed to have known her and to have called her a friend. Please know, she will live forever in our memories. Prayers for peace and comfort from Durham, NC. Love to you, Lisa, Jimmy and
the entire Krauss and Wyngaarden families upon your tremendous loss.

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Clara Sandler & Juan Mandelbaum published a tribute .

We are so saddened to learn about Marty’s passing, she was such a bright presence in our Lawrence School community. We send our deepest condolences to the Krauss family.

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Roger And Caren Voeller published a tribute .

Marty was like a second mom to our son Alex who was the same age as her son Jake. We have so many great memories of sharing family events, sporting events, church services, and holidays with Marty and her family. While we moved away nearly 20 years ago, Marty and her family have never been far away in our hearts.

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Marcus Feder published a tribute .

I remember meeting Marty for the time. I had flown in from California and Richard took me aside and said “there is someone I want you to meet.” The rest is history.

Many years later when I expressed interest in the Wyngaarden family history, Marty made a point to send me the wonderful book her father wrote. When we came to Boston she showed us around. Our family gatherings have always been special and time on the Cape has been amazing. Terri and I send our love.

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Debbie Monsein-Black published a tribute .

I am saddened to hear the news of the loss of such an incredibly impressive and kind woman. Clearly she will be missed by her family and community. My condolences to the Krauss family.

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Lee Southerland published a tribute .

My heart goes out to Marty's family. I knew her in Durham as a child at George Watts Elementary and at Durham High School '69 where she was a kind, compassionate, caring classmate. She was funny, smart and like her sisters and mother, very beautiful inside and out. Warmest regards to all who will miss her sparkle...Lee

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Larry And Barbara Koff published a tribute .

The koff family has many, many fond memories of Marty and the Krauss family. Marty’s leadership as a Lawrence parent helped steer our community through some challenging times in the schools leadership. The barbecues kept parents and siblings in a strong sense of safety and community. In spite of the many professional responsibilities and health challenges Marty had a wonderful smile that we will always hold dear. We extend our condolences to the Krauss family.

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Susan Share published a tribute .

Thank you for posting this story about Marty - a most remarkable and inspiring woman. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

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Laraine Glidden published a tribute .

Marty was a remarkable scientist, administrator, and person. Throughout the four decades that I knew her as a colleague and a friend, I admired her commitment to the field of psychology, in general, and developmental disabilities, in particular. She mentored students who became colleagues, and colleagues who became friends. She will be greatly missed by the hundreds of colleagues who knew and admired her and her contributions to our field.

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