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MARTIN, Richard Richard John Livingstone Martin died at home with his wife, Barbara Rose, beside him on July 24 of an apparent heart attack. Mr. Martin has three children, James Martin, Atlanta, Paul Martin, Decatur, Jennifer Centeno, of Boulder, CO, two step daughters, Cheryl Rose, Atlanta and Christine Rose, Seattle, WA. In addition, he has 5 grandchildren. Mr. Martin retired in 2000 from the College of Architecture at Georgia Tech where he had taught for 25 years. Before coming to Georgia Tech, he was a Professor and Researcher at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. He was happiest when he was seriously into a project and being able to see the results of his design talents. This was especially evident in the past 2 years when he designed and supervised building a school in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti, using shipping containers for the construction. He was honored at the school's Ribbon Cutting in March of this year. The 53 elementary-age children surprised him by singing the Haiti National Anthem in French and the American National Anthem in English. Dick was born in French Indochina and lived in Shanghai, China until the Japanese invaded in 1939. His father remained in China with the British Army and his mother took the children to live in Hawaii. Years later, Mr. Martin, became a United States citizen and lived in Hawaii until he came to the "mainland" to earn his Masters Degree from UCLA. Mr. Martin's great, grand uncle was the explorer Dr. David Livingstone who he always thought of as a role model for pursing challenges. His son, James often said, "Dad was always the designer. He absolutely followed his own design in life." In lieu of flowers, please, send donations for the Haitian students' sponsorships to the Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club Foundation, c/o Ansley Golf Club, 196 Montgomery Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30309. Dick will know that you helped "his" Haitian Buddies have a better chance for a better live. Memorial services will be held Monday, July 29 at 11 o'clock at Patterson's Spring Hill. The family will receive friends starting at 10:30 before the service. Online condolences may be made at hmpattersonspringhill.com.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 27, 2013
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