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Craig Martell

Craig Martell is an Osher member and volunteer, now serving on the Volunteer Engagement and Recognition (VER) Committee. He was motivated to do this series after attending several Faulkner sessions by Jay Miller and after visiting the Core Program Committee (CPC), seeing how hard that team works!

Craig has a BA in English from UW, where he first encountered Flannery O’Connor. He also has a business degree from the Keller School of Management, and an MS in accounting from DePaul University. His business career was in accounting, manufacturing and software consulting. While living in Georgia, Craig was reintroduced to Flannery O’Connor at a class on modern Catholic fiction at Spring Hill College. He wrote a paper and also did a short presentation at the O’Connor “Startling Figures Symposium,” in Milledgeville, Georgia in 2011 on the influence of Teilhard de Chardin on her writing.

Craig and his wife of 45+ years, Pat, raised two daughters, mostly during their 29 year “exile” from Wisconsin—in Wilmington, North Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia, so he has experience with life in the South. Craig and his wife are parishioners at St. Eugene’s Catholic Church in Fox Point, where O’Connor’s work resurfaced in 2017, ironically in a homily. He is also a community member of the Secular Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) at Holy Hill.

Craig’s hobbies are reading, walking, biking, golf, Japanese maples, and obviously, reading Flannery O’Connor. Craig has been described as a “lay academic” and has been an Osher member since 2015, particularly enjoying the History SIG, the recent Faulkner sessions and any sessions Neal Pease does.


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