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On Feb. 3, Martin Frankel of Baltimore at age 77. Frankel was born in Boston, Massachusetts to the late Jean and Albert Frankel. He grew up in the Mattapan neighborhood before his family relocated to Brockton, where he attended Brockton High School. He then attended Boston University where he earned his degree in mathematics. Upon graduation he married Carol J. Smenton, whom he had been in school with since the fifth grade. The two moved to Washington, D.C., where he took a job with the federal government under the Department of Education. He worked as a statistician, eventually becoming a supervisor. He was a man who loved numbers and making sense of data. His wife quipped that when their daughters were little she read them bedtime stories, but when he would put them to bed he would present them with a math problem to solve. He worked as a statistician until he retired at the age of 50, and then started a business selling collectable jazz records. He had a passion for music and extensive knowledge about musicians. He was often consulted to fact check books written about the topic. In his spare time, he had many hobbies and interests. He was active in many sports, playing volleyball and basketball with the guys several nights a week. He also coached his daughters in softball, soccer, and basketball. He loved to play bridge with his wife, raised guppies, built furniture, and enjoyed gardening. When he and his wife relocated to Florida, he took to walking on the beach and swimming in the ocean, no matter how cold the water. He went to the gym regularly and stayed in great shape. He was a caring, generous, and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was completely devoted to his family and loved spending time with his daughters. He was honest, nonjudgemental, and maintained many relationships with friends whom he had known for decades. He will be missed greatly by his family and friends. He is survived by his cherished wife of 56 years Carol J. Frankel (née Smenton); children Debbie (Shawn) Flynn and Lynn Frankel (Ted Levendosky); and grandchildren Shane Flynn, Matthew Flynn, and Elena Levendosky. He was predeceased by his parents Jean and Albert Frankel.
Contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 405 Williams Court, Suite 120, Baltimore, MD 21220.

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