DR. HERBERT MARTIN

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DR. HERBERT MARTIN BURLINGTON - Dr. Herbert Martin- physician, husband, father, gardener, tennis player, skier, dancer, inspiration to many, and allaround lover of life, passed away at his home in South Burlington, at the age of 88, on Monday, May 24, following a courageous battle with leukemia. He was born in Boston, Mass., Dec 7, 1921, son of Herbert and Myrtha Hunt Martin, who predeceased him, along with his brother, Howard. Dr. Martin was a renowned neurologist and received his M.D. degree from Boston University School of Medicine. While there, he met the love of his life, Joan Chapman Martin, and they were married on May 20, 1951. He did his internship and residency in neurology at Bellevue, in New York, and was then appointed to the staff of the Veterans Administration in Manhattan, N.Y. Dr. Martin taught at the University Of Vermont College Of Medicine from 1954 to his retirement in 1991. He received his board certification in neurology and psychiatry in 1959. Dr. Martin and Dr. George Schumacher developed the neurological service at the Bishop DeGoesbriand Hospital. He was involved with new treatments for Parkinson disease and stroke patients. Dr. Martin was a consultant in neurology to a dozen hospitals in Vermont and New York, and retained a clinical practice for several years following his retirement from UVM. His honors included Phi Beta Kappa, president of his medical school class at B. U., and a member of the Beggs Society (B.U.S.M.). Herb was actively involved with an extraordinary number of community and professional organizations including the New Hampshire-Vermont Neurological Society, Lake Placid Sports Medicine Society, the Lake Placid Winter Olympics as Chief of Neurology, Vermont Health Care Review, and the Northeast Medical Society. He also served the Baird Children's Center, United Community Service, the South Burlington School Board Advisory Committee, Friends of the Lane Series, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Board of the Stern Center for Language and Learning, and the Ethan Allen Club. A simple and frankly endless list of his professional and community involvement doesn't even come close to describing Herb. His boundless energy and enthusiasm extended to gardening, music, skiing, UVM Sports, tennis, golf, fishing, worldwide travel, and culinary pleasures; the joys of which he passed on to his family. Running the Boston Marathon in leather shoes, skiing with the 80+ Club, or conducting the VSO, these stories are also endless. He was a regular at every classical music event to be found and hardly missed a grandchild's event. For in the end, Herbs proudest accomplishment was his family. He leaves his wife Joan, after a wonderful, caring marriage of 59 years; and their six children and families, Lori and Scott Brown, and their sons, Jason and Wylie; Jeff Martin and Darcy Coates, and their daughter, Alice; Patti Spence and sons, Dustin and Owen, and their father, Glenn Spence; Brenda and Paul Stephens, and their sons, Ben, Dylan, and Ray; Debbie and Bob Olsen, and their children, Emily, Josh, and Geoffrey; and Chip Martin and his special friend, Barrett Shaffer. His nieces, Dianne Martin Maynard and Carolyn Martin Baily and their families; his cousin, Dana Allison; and extended family, Juli Martin, Dr. Janine Taylor and her family; and Carol and Mark Chapman. Herb also had a very close relationship with his sister and brother-in laws, Doris and Thomas McCullough and family, Abbie Anderegg and family, William and Juanita Chapman and their family, and Jane Cornish Chapman and her family. A special thanks to the compassionate and extraordinary efforts of his oncology team- Dr. Barbara Grant, Paul Larson NP, and Maureen Condon RN, and all of the incredible medical staff of Fletcher Allen, the VNA, Hospice, and Dr. Mark Pitcher, who helped in his care throughout his illness. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Stern Center, attn: Scholarship Endowment Fund, 135 Allenbrook Lane, Williston, VT 05495. Or to a charity of your choice. There will not be visiting hours. A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, May 31 at the Elley- Long Music Center, 223 Ethan Allen Drive, Colchester, Vt. Family will be greeting friends beginning at 4:30 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 6 p.m. and a reception at 7 p.m. Arrangements are in the care of Corbin and Palmer F.H., 71 South Union Street, Burlington, VT 05401

Published in The Burlington Free Press on May 26, 2010
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