Donna Martin Zahorik

May 13, 2021 ~ May 13, 2021


ZAHORIK, Donna Martin died at home on February 8, 2013 from lung cancer and other health complications. She was with friends and family at the time. She was born on January 6, 1944 in Roanoke, VA, the daughter of H. C. and Katherine Martin. She graduated from Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke, and then attended Sweet Briar College, where she graduated summa cum laude with a major in psychology and minor in classic Greek in 1966. She married Tony Zahorik, a fellow graduate student at the University of Illinois (Urbana), in 1969. She received a Ph.D. in physiological psychology from Illinois in 1971, and after a post-doctoral fellowship there taught psychology at Cornell University until 1982. At Cornell she was a leading member of the Cornell Eleven, a group of women that won a judgment of sex discrimination against Cornell. She has lived in Nashville since 1982, raising two children, Patricia Nicole McNew of Nashville and Ronald Anton Zahorik of Tonganoxie, KS, while combating M.S. and other ailments. In addition to being a loving mother Donna was a great fan of spectator sports, especially ACC basketball, and of politics, her dogs, and discussing science with her twin sister, Dr. Patricia Rodier, a leading researcher in autism. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her sister, and is survived by her brother W. Steven Martin of St. Charles, IL, her husband, her two children, and five grandchildren. She is also survived by her loving caregiver and surrogate daughter¯, Camile Sanders of Nashville. A memorial dinner for Donna will be held later in the spring.

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