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A tribute to Marty Wyngaarden Krauss

Former Brandeis university provost Marty Wyngaarden Krauss PhD ’81 passed away on the evening of Jan. 12, according to a news article at the Heller School. Specifically, according to the article, Krauss was able to complete her PhD at the Heller School, and later joined Brandeis faculty in 1984, where she spent the vast majority of her professional career. Krauss touched many different aspects of the Brandeis community, being involved in several areas around the university.

During her early career at Brandeis, namely as a student at Brandeis and a new faculty member, she was mentored by Gunnar Dybwad, who campaigned for the civil rights of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, according to the article. Additionally, the article states that using the lessons she learned from Dybwad, Krauss was able to hone her research on the impacts of developmental disabilities, both within the family and in larger society. 

According to the article, Krauss later accepted the role to become the John Stein Professor of Disability Research. She also accepted a role as the director of the Nathan and Toby Starr Center on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. In these roles, she mentored several PhD students on their research. She then accepted a role as the Heller school’s associate dean for faculty and academic programs, in which she established the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy.

Overall, the article states that Krauss has received several awards for her work. These include the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation International Award for Leadership and the Christian Pueschel Memorial Research Award for the National Down Syndrome Congress.

Krauss was able to leave Heller in 2003, but she did not leave Brandeis. Instead, she became the university’s provost and senior vice president of academic affairs which she held for eight years, according to the article. Under this role, Krauss was able to orchestrate many projects including Brandeis’ 2006 reaccreditation and the launch of the Office of Global Affairs. After this position, Krauss retired in 2012, but still remained intertwined with Brandeis by acting as the honorary chair of the Heller School’s 55th anniversary celebration in 2014. However, Krauss came out of retirement to act as Heller’s interim dean from 2014 until 2017, where she supported the development of Our Generation Speaks, according to the article.

The article also links an obituary and forum as well that is designed for individuals to leave their memories of Krauss.

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