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Tomas E. Martinez, Retired Faculty, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, died on January 31, 2010. Professor Martinez was a member of the Latin American Studies Department.

BUENOS AIRES - Longtime Rutgers University professor Tomas Eloy Martinez, an Argentine author and journalist famed for his writings about former president Juan Domingo Peron and his glamorous wife, Eva, died Sunday at age 75.

Mr. Martinez died in Buenos Aires after a long battle with cancer, according to family friend Carlos Diuk.

Mr. Martinez was a columnist for The New York Times, Spain’s El País newspaper, and Argentina’s La Nación daily.

He lived a large part of his life in the United States, where in the late 1990s he headed the Latin American Studies program at Rutgers.

Some of his best-known works include “Santa Evita,’’ “The Flight of the Queen,’’ and “The Peron Novel,’’ combining fiction and reality about Argentina during and after the rule of the Perons, the glamorous power couple who dominated the nation’s politics in the 20th century.

“Santa Evita’’ was translated into more than 30 languages.

Mr. Martinez also wrote “The Passion According to Trelew,’’ about the killings of members of a guerrilla group.

In 1975, Mr. Martinez was forced into exile by a right-wing paramilitary group created during the government of Isabel Peron. He went to Venezuela, where he became the editor of El Nacional and founded El Diario de Caracas.

He had a degree in Spanish and Latin American literature from the University of Tucuman.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/obituaries/articles/2010/02/02/professor_tomas_martinez_covered_argentinas_perons/

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