HOPKINTON - Dr. Philip C. Martin, 94, of Hopkinton, died Friday, December 7, 2012 at Concord Hospital after a brief period of failing health.
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Phil was born May 1, 1918 in Keene, to the late Katherine T. Duffee and Clarence G. Martin. He grew up in Keene, graduating from Keene High School as a member of the class of 1936. He worked summers at the Martin/Alexander store in Harrisville, but with the help of his older brother, Gordon, Phil was able to attend Lawrence Academy in Massachusetts. Phil then went on to study at the University of New Hampshire, graduating in 1943. Phil served in the ROTC while studying bacteriology at UNH. He then served in the U.S. Navy while studying dentistry at Northwestern Dental School in Chicago.
It was in Chicago that he met and married Gloria Francis Porter White. Phil received his doctorate, then moved back to New Hampshire to practice dental surgery for many dedicated and hardworking years in Concord. Gloria Martin continued her studies while raising the family, becoming a pioneer in the field of Art Therapy; who was board certified later in life. The Drs. Martin raised a total of seven children: Phil Jr., Lee, Peter, Mark, Bruce, Cathy, and Gregory.
After almost 50 years of dental practice in Concord, Dr. Martin retired to his home on Gould Hill in Hopkinton, spending summers on Lake Winnisquam in Laconia. Phil loved the outdoors and sports; he was an expert skier, avid bow hunter, dedicated golfer, and an almost impossible-to-beat cribbage player.
Phil served in many leadership roles: President of the New Hampshire Bowman's Association, Captain of the UNH Lacrosse Team, President of the Concord Rotary Club, President of the NH Dental Association, and many more.
He loved to read and study science and medicine, with clear thinking and memory up to the last moments of his life.
Phil is survived by his life-long and deeply beloved wife, Gloria, of Hopkinton; his children Lee, of Henniker, Peter, of Newport, Mark, of Munsonville, Catherine Trembley, of Hopkinton, and many wonderful cousins, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. On May 1 this year, Phil enjoyed celebrating his 94th birthday with family, including his older sister, age 98, Elizabeth (Babe) Spicher of Gilsum.
Phil is pre-deceased by his sons Bruce, of Warner, Gregory, of Allenstown, and Phil Jr., of Concord, his sister Barbara Ruelke, of Keene, his brother Gordon, of Rhode Island; and brother Nelson, of Chicago.
Phil instilled in his family the rewards of hard work, a never-quit positive attitude, honesty, the value of education, and quality friendships as you travel through life. He lived by the Golden Rule, uplifting all who were fortunate enough to cross paths with him.
A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held Friday, December, 14, at 11 a.m., at St. Andrews Church in Hopkinton.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Concord New Hampshire Rotary Club.
The Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home & Cremation Service is assisting the family. For more log on to www.holtwoodburyfh.com.
Published in The Concord Monitor on Dec. 11, 2012