Kolk Award in 1964. In 2000 he received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) R. Tom Sawyer Award. This award recognizes important and lasting contributions to the gas turbine industry. Martin had 18 patents and authored several journal papers. He was a fellow of ASME and SAE.
In 1994 Martin and his wife, Ann, established an endowed scholarship and fellowship for engineering students at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. The university named an engineering lecture hall in their honor. In 2000 the university awarded Martin its Outstanding Alumnus Award for demonstrating ethics, community responsibility, and overall professional excellence.
Martin is survived by a son, John, and a brother, James. His wife, Ann, died in 1999. They were married for 53 years.
Martin was an exceptionally skilled engineer and an outstanding engineering leader. During a career that spanned six decades, he witnessed and directly participated in the explosive growth of aircraft jet propulsion from its earliest days. He was an important contributor to this spectacular progress. As a result, he was renowned and respected throughout the industry for his expertise and many innovations.
At GEAE he was similarly highly esteemed for his engineering excellence and for his very appreciable impact on the success and growth of the GEAE business. He was also highly esteemed for his always great enthusiasm, geniality, and abiding gentlemanliness. He was universally known as Marty by all of his associates. To generations of GEAE engineers, he was a role model and a valued adviser and mentor. To all of the many GEAE persons who enjoyed the opportunity of working with him, Marty is always fondly remembered as “The Chief Engineer.”