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Memorial Tributes, Volume 14
THOMAS L. MARTIN, JR.
Elected in 1971
“For creative application of modern communications technologyto advance engineering education.”
BY JOHN L. ANDERSON
TOM MARTIN died on October 8, 2009, in Irving, Texas. He retired after serving as president of Illinois Institute of Technology between 1974 and 1987. Other academic leadership experiences included Dean of Engineering at the University of Arizona, University of Florida and Southern Methodist University. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. During World War II he served in the Army, rising to the rank of captain and was awarded a Bronze Star. After the war he attended Stanford University where he received his Ph.D. He received honorary doctorates from RPI and SMU. He was a Fellow of IEEE and an honoree in the Hall of Fame of ASEE. He was a member of the 1970 commission sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that was chaired by Frederick E. Terman and recommended the establishment of the Korean Advanced Institute for Science (now KAIST). He is survived by his second wife Millie, two brothers, two children, and two grandchildren.