Summary: depression, College Park was a sleepy town with
unpaved streets and the University of Maryland was a
land grant college best known for its agriculture school.
The university provided Martin, born in Lancaster,
Pa., in 1907, with an arena for developing his talents.
Martin studied mathematics at Lebanon Valley College
in Annville, Pa., earned his doctorate at Johns Hopkins
and was awarded a prestigious National Research
Fellowship for postdoctoral research at Harvard.
Following three years as an instructor in mathematics
at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., he moved to
Maryland and rose rapidly to the position of full pro-
fessor in 1942 and head of the mathematics depart-
ment in 1943.
After World War II, Martin recognized that the uni-
versity's emerging strength in math and science and its
location adjacent to the nation's capital generated
tremendous opportunities. He spent the next three
decades developing and
nurturing excellence in