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Alumnus and Distinguished Historian Bill Martel Passes Away

January 16, 2015

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Saint Anselm College alumnus Bill MartelBill Martel, Ph.D., a member of the Class of 1977, passed away on Mon., Jan. 12 at the age of 59, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was a devoted husband and father to his wife, Dianne (Massarelli) '76, son, William '09, and daughter, Catherine.

Calling hours will be held this Sunday, January 18 from 3 - 7 p.m. at Lambert Funeral Home, 1799 Elm Street, Manchester, N.H. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, January 19 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Bedford, N.H.

Bill was an associate professor of International Security Studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. In 2014, he received the Fletcher School's James L. Paddock Award for excellence in teaching. He was admired by his students and colleagues for his commitment to scholarship and teaching, as well as his positive and warm approach to life.

Bill was considered a distinguished historian and adviser on military and foreign policy and strategy. He served as senior foreign policy adviser to Gov. Mitt Romney during his 2012 presidential campaign. In addition, he served as an adviser and consultant to many national and political organizations and departments, including the National Security Council, Office of Secretary of Defense, and U.S. Air Force. Bill was the founder and director of the U.S. Air Force's Center for Strategy and Technology (CSAT).

Beyond his love and commitment to his family, academic discipline and Tufts community, Bill made a lasting impression on so many Anselmians through his genuine humility and commitment to our Catholic, Benedictine and liberal arts community. He was a proud alumnus and generous supporter of Saint Anselm College, and his life embodied the values and character reinforced on the Hilltop. He was always willing to volunteer as a guest speaker on campus, mentor our students, and advise and support our faculty.

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