Christopher Stephen Martin

April 26, 1963August 21, 2018

Christopher Stephen Martin, 55, of Bedford, MA, passed away on August 21 after a brave struggle with Multiple System Atrophy. Born in Washington, DC, he was son to Evanne Zimmer Martin of Harwich, MA and the late George Elliott Martin of Kingston, NY. He leaves behind his beloved wife Louisa (Schlee) Martin and their son Jack Elliott Martin, age 7. Also his brother, Eric Martin and his wife and children of West Kingston, RI, and many other family and friends. Chris grew up enjoying the outdoors of the Catskill Mountains in New York, teaching himself to catch trout and many other small creatures with his bare hands. He was valedictorian of Onteora HS and went on to earn a BS in biology from Cornell University and a PhD in molecular biology from MIT. Professionally, he worked in biotechnology, most recently at EMD Millipore in Bedford. Chris loved the outdoors, hiking, skiing, camping, hunting, and especially fishing, which he pursued with relentless determination in any weather or time of day or year. He travelled extensively throughout the world and was an expert chef who would make gourmet meals that lasted long into the night for family and friends. Later in life, he spent much of his time at his cabin “Sugar Mountain” in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, with Louisa and Jack. A memorial service will be held at First Parish Church, 75 Great Road, Bedford, MA at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 29. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition at


  • Louisa Martin, Wife
  • Jack Elliott Martin, Son
  • Eric Martin, Brother


  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 29, 2018

Christopher Stephen Martin

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Nancy Woychik

September 28, 2018

Chris with fellow graduate students at Whitehead Institute/MIT.

Nancy Woychik

September 28, 2018

I was so sad to hear of Chris’ passing. Chris was a graduate student at MIT when I was there as a postdoc. He was sweet, focused and quiet (except when he would blast hard rock from his boom box at the end of the day!). I’m sharing a picture (from 1988) of Chris at the bench working in Rick Young’s lab at the Whitehead Institute. Deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.

Gerard Donohue

September 19, 2018

So sorry to hear of Chris's passing. I worked with Chris at Millipore / Dublin City University in Ireland. I have many fond memories of his visits to Dublin. He especially enjoyed having a pint of Guinness and enjoying traditional Irish music. He was a thoughtful and generous person and helped me out a lot in my role. Please accept my sincere condolences

Linda Bean

September 17, 2018

My deepest condolences to Chris' family. I am so saddened to hear this news. I worked with Chris at Tropix, and we crossed paths multiple times over the years. Beyond being brilliant, Chris was humble and a gentleman. I will always remember his kindness and his warm smile.

My thoughts and prayers to Louisa, Jack and Eric. I know this loss feels unimaginable, and I hope you hearts begin to heal soon.

Warmest Regards,


Liz Hunt

September 9, 2018

Many happy memories of getting a call on "the fish line" notifying us to bring a cooler to work to get a cut of the weekend catch.
A lifetime of joy was crammed into those short years you shared.
Much love to Louisa, Jack and family
Liz Hunt and Gina Frias

David Shumway

September 7, 2018

Thoughts and prayers are with the Martin family in this time of grief. I worked with Chris at Tropix and remember those times fondly.