MFP Memorializes Marcia Martinez and Robin McKinney


MFP Memorializes Marcia Martinez and Robin McKinney

The Minority Fellowship Programs (MFP) began the year by experiencing significant loss with the passing of two 2009–2010 MFP fellows; Marcia Martinez and Robin McKinney. The Program has been deeply saddened by these losses. Both women will be remembered fondly and will continue to serve as inspirations to our fellows, alumni, and those associated with MFP. 

Marcia Martinez

Marcia was a dedicated scholar and active member of the MFP community. Her motivation and drive proved inspirational to other fellows. She received her BS and MSW, and was working on receiving her doctorate of social work all from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Her research focus was on barriers for Latinas in accessing mental health services. 
Marcia, 47, was born in Sterling, IL, the daughter of Ramiro Martinez, Sr. and Elizabeth White. Survivors include one daughter, Liza Riley of Urbana; three sons, Melcon DeJesus of Lansing, Mich., Antonyo and Tony Riley, Jr., both of Urbana; her mother, Elizabeth (David) White of Lena; one brother, Ramiro Martinez, Jr. of Rock Falls; one sister, Rebecca McCue of Jacksonville; and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Ramiro Martinez, Sr.

Robin McKinney

Robin was a vivacious individual, bright scholar, and active member of the MFP community. She played an active and supportive role in MFP and for her colleagues. She was a doctoral candidate in social work with an expected graduation date of December 2010 at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received her BA from the University of Virginia and her MSW from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Here research focus was on trauma experienced by African American women as a result of intimate partner violence.
Robin McKinney, 38, was from New Jersey. She is survived by her father, Robert McKinney (Phyllis) of Augusta, GA; siblings, Suzanne McKinney of Philadelphia, PA and Matthew McKinney of Pittsburgh, PA; nephew, Robert McKinney; and a host of other relatives and friends.