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In Memory of . . . David Gilmartin (1941-2012)

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 14, 2012

The Reverend David Gilmartin died unexpectedly on March 11, 2012 in Eugene, OR. He was 71 years old.

Rev. Gilmartin was born and raised in Boston, MA. He was the son of Aron Seymour and Helen Lasker Gilmartin. His father, Aron, was also a Unitarian Universalist minister.

Rev. Gilmartin attended Harvard University and earned his B.A. in 1969. He then went on to earn his M. Div. from Starr King School for Religious Leadership in 1971.

As a community minister and social worker, Rev. Gilmartin spent a significant portion of his life tirelessly advocating for accessibility. He worked for organizations such as the Center for Independent Living in Berkeley, CA; the Center for Independence of the Disabled in Belmont, CA; the Ministry of Accessibility in Walnut Creek, CA; Ferry Beach UU Camp and Conference Center in Saco, ME; the New Horizons Independent Living Center in Prescott Valley, AZ; and the Resources for Independent Living in Sacramento, CA; among others.

His colleague, Alicia Forsey, described him as kind, gentle, and intelligent, and added that he had a memory "like a steel trap.”

Rev. Gilmartin was predeceased by his sister, Alice Gilmartin. He is survived by his brother Peter Gilmartin. Notes of condolence may be sent to Peter Gilmartin, 110 Highland St., Milton, MA 02186.

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Linnea Pearson (Bengtson) Ph.D. says...
Posted Saturday, June 9, 2012
I loved David. He was a true "gentleman & a scholar." He will be deeply missed.
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