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Dr. Richard D. Martin
Dr. Richard Douglas Martin died on November 30, 2011 in a car accident caused by a drunk driver in the Cayman Islands while attending St. Matthews University of Medicine. He was a loving and dedicated father, husband, son, brother and prospective primary care physician. Richard was a 1977 graduate of Emmaus High School and earned a BS in Nuclear Engineering in 1981 from Penn State University. He later graduated Summa cum laude with an MS in Technology Management/Doctor of Science in Engineering and Technology Management from Southern California University in 1999.Richards career began in the nuclear industry working for various energy companies conducting reactor operations, quality assurance and training. He joined his father to launch a Radon testing and remediation business in the mid-80s. Ever a serial entrepreneur, he was a finalist in Inc. Magazines Entrepreneur of the Year (1988) and founded startups focused on global satellite applications for the delivery of telemedicine services to impoverished countries, and high performance network design and international infrastructure development. Dr. Martin was involved in several activities involving intensivist care and the design of telemedicine applications for the Pittsburgh Childrens Hospital under the direction of Dr. Danny Kofos. Dr. Martin was also involved in the deployment and implementation of several telemedicine activities for the Veterans Administration including the strategic base in Yuma, AZ. He worked on telemedicine applications to help provide critical care and field specialists to medically underserved areas across the country, and throughout the world.Richard served as a member of the CTO Club of NY, chairman of the ICE2 specification committee, member of the XML Protocol Working Group, member of PRISM metadata standards group; board member of IDEAlliance, (International Digital Enterprise Alliance) a not-for-profit membership organization. He was a member of the Information and Content Exchange (ICE) Authoring Committee, which is writing the international protocols for information syndication across the web and other technologies. He served as the corporate representative to W3C, the World Wide Web Consortium, which develops languages for the presentation of content on the web, such as HTML and XML. Previously, Dr. Martin was engaged as the Chief Operating Officer of a multinational subcontractor to a digital content delivery firm. He and his team developed and installed the first high-speed network to incorporate the homogenous transport of voice, data and video across multiple international boundaries. Richard was an Adjunct Professor at DeSales University in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, and was a member of the Penn State University - Lehigh Valley Advisory Board from 2004-2010. He was also a co-founder, owner and CTO of Active Data Exchange. He holds a patent for Syndication Methodology to Dynamically Place Digital Assets on Non-Related Web Sites.Richard was Interim Director of IT for First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, was head of the Solehi Soccer League from 1994-1996, was a volunteer soccer coach for The Greater Bethlehem Soccer League in the early 2000s and served as a Flotilla Staff Officer in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. His hobbies included sailing, skiing and playing the saxophone. He was an avid car enthusiast and supporter of his beloved Penn State Nittany Lions. Richard had a long standing passion for medicine. He had contemplated medical school for many years and at the age of 50, decided to fulfill his dream. He enrolled at Saint Matthews University School of Medicine in the Cayman Islands January 2011, in the class of 2014. A Memorial Service was held by the students and faculty on December 2 and the outpouring of compassion and empathy was appreciated by the attending members of Richards immediate family and can be found on Richards Facebook page. Survivors: Richard is survived by his wife, Susan; children, Zoe, Kayla, Jimmy, James, Lauren; mother, Christine; sister, Pam. Services:Calling Hours will be held on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Long Funeral Home, 500 Linden St., Bethlehem 18018. A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 10, in the Kirk Center of the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, 2344 Center St., Bethlehem 18017, with Interment to follow at Bethlehem Memorial Park Cemetery. A reception will be held immediately afterwards at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem 18015. An invitation is extended to Richards friends to contribute to an open mike at the reception to record memories of Richard for his children, especially for six year old Zoe. Memorials: Contributions may be made to Lehigh Valley Community Foundation - Dr. Richard D. Martin Memorial Fund, c/o Active Data Exchange, 190 Brodhead Rd., Suite 300, Bethlehem PA 18017

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Published in Morning Call on Dec. 4, 2011.
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November 17, 2016
Very good man
Marc Stitzer
June 25, 2014
irene fluck
July 9, 2013
Ms Martin,
Sympathy from a Pre-Dent circa 1974.
Also a technical person in SF circa 1980. I was at Atari for the roll out of Pacman. I now live in VA. Regards,Dick
Richard Lang
March 14, 2012
I am so sorry and shocked to hear of your tremendous loss. I learned of this terrible news today as I was browsing the Penn State online alumni directory. Rich and I were classmates in the nuclear engineering major at Penn State. We studied together during late nights in Hammond Building, ate grilled stickies at the Diner, graduated the same year, and then it seems we lost our hair at the same rate. He was always quick with both smile and wit. It is evident that the promise and energy within him then foretold his many accomplishments. Please accept my deepest and warmest sympathy.
Jeff Nibert
March 6, 2012
Hi Susan and Zoe,
I'm sorry I took time to write this message, but I couldn't find the words to describe my pain and how I really feel about Rich.
He was a great hostdad and I will never forget how he made me feel like I was a member of your family.
Few times I was lost, few times I was homesick or upset , and he always cheer me up when I needed it. I remembered once, he took me in his arms and told me "anne, everything is gonna be fine"...
My year in America wouldn't have been as awesome as it was without Richard ( he was always making fun at me when I was saying this word, remember ? ^^) and I thanks God I had the chance to be with all of you for all this months.
Our great christmas tree hunting, Thanksgiving, violin lessons by skype, prayers at dinners made my year unforgetable.
thanks richard for everything, and I know you're here with us, I know you helped me when I felt useless in france. You are in my heart.

I'll keep you and your family in my prayers!
Anne-Laure Bouquet
December 29, 2011
Hi Susan,
Rich and I are so sorry for your loss. We'll keep you and your family in our prayers!
Rich and Claire Huntley
December 10, 2011
Dear Ms. (Christine) Martin, Pam, and Susan and family,
I was SO shocked and saddened to learn of Rich's death. For nearly 40 years I've counted him a significant part of my life--since we met in 9th grade Communicant's class at 1st Presbyterian, Allentown. He was my first true love and although we were mostly goofy teenagers, even when we broke up after more than a year of dating, I always counted him a friend. I'm so sorry I last saw him in college (although my parents hired him when he and his dad were in business, so I had some news at times).
I loved Rich's sense of humor, his intellect, and even way back then he showed sgns of the drive that apparently characterized his entire life. I find it sweet and odd that I chose a career in medicine, married a computer geek, and my step-son is a phenomenal physicist--those parallels with steps/aspects of Rich's life will help keep him in my heart's memory.
Although his photo shows balding and a mustache, he looked more like Justin Beiber (including the hair!) when we were kids and to me he really looks just like when we met.
Having had plenty of loss in my own life, I DO know your profound pain and loss, and the horror and numbness that go with it. Keep trusting that God is still in charge--you don't have to understand, He does, and you will be together before you know.
With love for those he loved,
Anne Clemens Holway
December 9, 2011
My condolences to the family of Richard. He was a wonderful, caring and dedicated man and it was a pleasure to know him. He will always be one of the MERP Bahamas family.
Sarah M
December 9, 2011
Please know you are in our thoughts and our hearts. We are privileged to have known Rich through our girls and their time at NCC with Zoe. May memories and love hold you all tight and bring you comfort and peace.
Marci, Garry, Lena & Maya Morefield
December 9, 2011
A brilliant mind and flowering heart. Love and prayers...
j wt
December 9, 2011
Dear Susan, Kayla and Zoe,

My heart aches for you as I just heard of this tragedy. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time. I never knew Richard, but his achievements in life blew me away. What an incredible impact he has had. Please let me know if I can help in any way at all. Lots of love and hugs being sent your way.
Melissa Rowbottom
December 9, 2011
I am truly sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.
Maria Bozakis
December 9, 2011
I recognized his picture. My last two semesters on the island were during the first two semesters he was there and I greatly admired his courage at studying medicine with somewhat younger classfellows. To me, he was "that dignified guy with the intense focus and the mustache". I exchanged pleasantries with him on a few occasions during our respective class break times. I am shocked today to read of Richard's death. He affected many of us for the better. May his family ultimately find peace and my heartfelt sorrow and sympathy goes out to them.
Omar Hassan
December 8, 2011
Sue, The body dies, but love lives on...I see that in what you wrote. God bless your family. Brenda De Long
December 8, 2011
My heart-felt condolences to you, Zoe, and Richard's entire family.

I received word of Richard's tragic and untimely death by email on Thursday evening, Dec 01, from a fellow Coast Guard Auxiliarist. I was sickened by the loss of my old friend and it weighed heavily on my heart and mind all day at work on Friday. I got out of work between sunset and dark that day ( St. Lukes Hospital, Allentown Campus ). As I crossed Hamilton St. and walked along 18th St.I spotted a large bird circling the parking lot. It was a fully mature bald eagle! "He" circled twice at less than 100 feet above the ground then disappeared over the rooftops. I am convinced that this was a divine message to reassure and comfort me. I hope that God (and Richard) will likewise comfort your grieving heart during this tragic time in your life.
Michael Lee
December 8, 2011
Sue, Our thoughts are with you.John and Carol Cochran
John Cochran
December 8, 2011
Sue, Kayla & Zoe,

So many others have said all the right things and I share their sentiments. Please know that I am here and happy to help out your family anytime night or day.

I have been remembering a trip we made back to PA several years ago. Ellie and I stopped by to see you at Broadhead Rd, but you were at a meeting (imagine that!). Richard was so sweet and entertained us as we caught up a bit.

All the people's lives he touched were fortunate to be a part of Richard's impressive involvements and accomplishments. I have been fortunate to have some of my time intertwined with you and your family, including Richard.

I will see you over the weekend at the Memorial.

Much love and strength to you all.
Lisa Teklits
December 8, 2011

So sorry to hear of your loss.

Much love to you,

Your classmate,
Steve Swienckowski
December 7, 2011
Dear Sue and family:
I was so sorry to read about Rich's death. I remember being Rich's assistant over 12 years ago when it was Regional Network Communications and how he was always quick to smile or crack a joke! I pray that the precious memories that you all share of him will remain close in the days, months and years to come. My prayers are with you at this time.
Ellen Beck
December 7, 2011
Sue, Kayla, Zoe and Family,

Rich was a very special individual - a loving husband, father, son and friend! Always with a smile and a hand to help in anyway he could. It is so hard for those left behind to understand when you are called home to God - he will always be with you and family looking over you all. He loved you all so very much!

We are so sorry for your loss.

Love, Sheryl, Rich, Elysia & Michael
Sheryl Hawk
December 6, 2011
Dear Sue,Zoe,and Kayla.
Our hearts and prayers are with you all during this time.We were saddened to hear of Richard's passing - he will truly be missed. May the peace which comes from the fond memories of love and great times we all shared with Richard comfort you now and always.
Our sincerest and deepest sympathy - we love you Sue and the girls. XO, Craig, William + Hunter.
December 6, 2011
Sue, Zoe, Kayla, James, family and friends... our hearts go out to you all at this horrible time. It is a saddening moment for all that knew and loved Rich. You all remain in our prayers.
Heather Jensen
December 6, 2011
Dear Susan,

How elegant and heart-felt you have written! No question, Richard will be with you all the time - that's a given. The big hole in your heart will be filled with happy and fond memories you and Richard had together. Life is all about love and be loved. You and Richard had certainly achieved that. What greater love is there than when you said, "All I wanted was for you to be happy."?

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.


Philip and Lorraine
Philip Lee
December 6, 2011
It was our privilege to have known Rich through our connection at the kindergarten pageants and parties. Know that we celebrate his spirit that still touches all of our lives.
Denise, Trevor, and Donovan Seeney
December 6, 2011
All of us at St. Matthew's will miss Richard. He will be remembered for his giving spirit and good ideas, as well as his dedication to the practice of medicine.
AliceAnne Brunn
December 6, 2011
Susan and Zoe,
Our condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. It is such a tragic loss and seems so unreal. Richard was a very special person and will be dearly missed. - The Yearwood Family
Tammie Yearwood
December 6, 2011
Sue and Zoe~

My sincerest condolences on your loss. Although I did not know him well, I knew of him well enough through Zoe talking about Skyping with her dad. May your memories continue to bring you comfort in this very difficult time.
With love,
Staci, Ryan, and Kaylee Forsythe
Staci Forsythe
December 6, 2011
What a tragic loss of a truly special person. When Zoe was attending classes at PYT, I got to know Rich a bit better as we would chat away the hour while our children danced. I always looked forward to his insights and enjoyed his clever wit. It was always evident how very much he loved Kayla and Zoe and they will surely miss his guidance and council. My heartfelt condolences are expressed to your family during this time. You will have a spectacular guardian angel looking over you.

Thoughts and prayers,
Robyn Endress
Robyn Endress
December 6, 2011
Kayla and Family
So sorry to hear about the accident and the passing of Kayla's stepfather. He seemed like an amazing person.--
The Amico Family
December 6, 2011

Please accept my most sincere sympathy on your and your family's loss of this extraordinary man. My thoughts are with each of you.
Judith Harris
December 5, 2011

Jeff and I will always treasure the time we got to spend with you and Rich and your beautiful family. He was a kind, thoughtful, brilliant and gentle man and a great husband, father and friend. I will miss him forever, and am so sorry that your life together was so short. I know you made each other happy and loved each other truly and I guess that is the most any of us can hope for in this life.

We are so sorry for your loss.

All our love, Barb, Jeff, Claire and Cam
Barb Newton
December 5, 2011
Dear Sue, Kayla and Zoe, and Mrs. Martin,
I feel so honored and blessed to have known such a stellar gentleman as was your husband, father and son. Although I've only known him since you were married, I feel like I've known him forever. He was so kind and easy to be with. So "supernatural" in an egocentric world. Rich was truly one of the most compassionate people I have ever met. He made plenty of time to help and give to others when there was obviously no profit for him. How many people can we truly say that about? And that says it all about a human being and is probably the most God-like quality we can have. Selflessness! With love, kindness, warmth, humor, intelligence, and faith all mixed in. I will miss my friend and sailing comrade, Rich, though I know, in faith, that he is at rest with his Lord.
I pray that the peace and comfort of Christ will hold you all so very close in this most tragic time.
I love you, Sue.
Melissa Pektor
December 5, 2011
Dear Susie and Family,

We are so sorry to learn of your tragic loss. Richard was a very talented man and good husband, father and human being. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Benny and Sue
December 5, 2011

Words cannot express how very sorry and devastated I am by this tragedy. ADX was my family for the beginning years of my career and Rich was such a great asset that will never be replaced. I hope you and your family can find peace and solace soon. Love to you all...Shoshanna
Shoshanna Greenidge
December 5, 2011
Susan, Zoe, Kayla and family,

I cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. I know how much Rich loved you each and that you will miss him terribly. I wish I could take away this tragedy and give you back your husband and father for I know he had so much more to give and share with each of you. I am happy to know that Rich was doing what he loved when God took him to heaven. I know he is watching over you as he did in life and will guide you along your continued journeys. I will remember his smile on the day you were married Sue because I know those were the times he was happiest...with you and family. If there is anything that I can do to help during this time, please do not hesitate to let me know. I love you tons!
Kendra Hollinger
December 5, 2011
Dear Sue, Zoe and Kayla. Our hearts and prayers are with you all during this sad time. We feel enriched by having known your wonderful husband Rich. He touched everyone he knew. Lots of love. Linda Ferguson and Family.
December 5, 2011

I am so sorry to hear about your loss.

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Bill Dillon
December 5, 2011
Dear Dear Sue,
Sending love and prayers your way as you have always done for me. I feel blessed to have known Rich and experienced the happiness you shared with your family and friends. Much Love to you now and always.
Phyllis Errico
December 5, 2011
Dear Susan and Cris,
our thoughts and prayers and heartfelt sympathy are withyou. affectionately, MaryAn and Al Emanuelli HHI Sc
December 5, 2011
Richard was a true professional in all aspects of his career and every project we worked on together was successful due to his knowledge and dedication to his craft. He will be missed both professionally and personally. So sorry for your loss Susan, be strong for your kids and accept the help of those who love you.
Paul Mazzucco
December 5, 2011
Dear Sue,

May you and your family find comfort in fond memories of your loved one. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Respectfully, and prayerfully... C.B Ray, Web Architect @Muhlenberg College
Carolyn Brown Ray
December 5, 2011
Dear Sue,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. It was such a privilege and honor getting to know Rich during our time at NCC. Rich had provided Max with much encouragement and inspiration in his prospective nursing career. God Bless.
Love, Aniela, Max and Jeziah
Aniela John
December 5, 2011
Dear Susan,
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared with Richard comfort you now and always.
With greatest sympathies,
Tammy Bartolet
December 5, 2011
I had seen your family numerous times at church. What a horrible thing.. But God has the world in his hands... Even though it wasn't God's will for this to happen.....
ruth bell
December 5, 2011
On behalf of the Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department at Penn State, I would like to express our deepest condolences for the loss of a great man, Dr. Richard Martin. We were all saddened to hear of his passing in such a tragic accident. Please know that the family members are in our thoughts here at Penn State.
Karen Thole
December 5, 2011
Dear Sue,
I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't have the opportunity to know Richard well but my parents thought the world of him. He was an enormous help to them. As accomplished as he was, he never let you know it. What a wonderful role model for Zoe. I know that no words can bring him back and fill that void in your heart, but I hope that in time you will be able to find a bit of respite from the sadness you are feeling now. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Cindy Lo
December 5, 2011
I had the pleasure and honor of working with Richard on the ICE (Information Content Exchange) standard. His clarity of thought and ability to bring people together with humor and insight will always be an inspiration to those aspiring to technical leadership.
Bruce Hunt
December 5, 2011
My thoughts a prayers go out to you and your family. Rich was a great guy and I'll always remember the good times we had together. God bless.
Jon Novak
December 5, 2011
I knew Richard through the NY CTO Club. He was a wonderful person and will be sorely missed.
David Sturman
December 5, 2011
My condolences. I knew Richard through his involvement with the NYCTO club.
Doug Torre
December 5, 2011
Dear Sue,
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Rich was a truly amazing person, his mark on the world is incredible. Let Zoe and Kayla and all of us that care about you be your strength during this sad time.
Love, Lori Fitzgibbon
Lori Fitzgibbon
December 5, 2011
We were proud to have Richard as a member of the New York CTO club, an invitation-only, not-for-profit group of technology leaders. Richard joined our group in 2005, meeting us face-to-face occasionally, but staying active on our email list, frequently helping and advising other CTOs (Chief Technology Officer).

When he announced to us his new directions in medicine last year, his concern was that he would no longer be a part of our group. We assured him he would continue via email, and he indeed kept advising others in his areas of expertise. Many members also expressed admiration in Richard's new calling, he clearly inspired us all.

We all miss him, and will particularly miss his impact on technology in the New York/North East. Our thoughts and best wishes to his family and friends.
Jon Williams
December 5, 2011

There are no words for the loss of Richard. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Lise Twiford
Lise Twiford
December 5, 2011
Dear Chris and Pam - we are so sorry to hear about Rick. What an awful tragedy. We are thinking of you all during this time. Love, Crystal and Ron (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)
December 4, 2011
Dear Sue,

Words cannot begin to express how very sorry I am for your loss. Though I only met your husband a few times, his tribute reveals what a truly amazing person he was. You are so blessed to have Zoe... a very special piece of her Daddy will continue to have an earthly presence through her. Love,

Kim (Werner) Diehl
Kim Diehl
December 4, 2011
Dear Sue, Although I haven't seen you much since we graduated from Freedom, I wanted you to let you know how sad I am about your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Nancy (Nano) Hobbs
December 4, 2011
We will miss seeing Rich when you visit us in NYC, but he will never be forgotten. Our hearfelt memories to you, Zoe, Kayla and family.
Igor Gerzon
December 4, 2011
Sue, As one of my closest friends in the whole wide world , I mourn with you and promise to be with you during this very sad time. Rich was a really special man who will always live in our hearts. I will always remember how happy he was following his dream to become a doctor . I love you Sue.
Alisa Kauffman
December 4, 2011
Dear Zoe and Family,

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Daddy. Know that he will be with you forever in your heart. Your first grade friends miss you at school and can't wait to see your smiling face when you come back. A great memory I have of Mr. Martin was Skypeing with him for Zoe's Parent-Teacher conference. That was a Parent-Teacher conference I will never forget. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Zoe's First Grade Teacher
Mrs. Nishida Stuart
December 4, 2011

While I only met Rich a few times, you often spoke of his love and caring for you and your girls.

Remember that we never lose the people we love. They continue to be present in every act, thought and decision we make. Hold tight to memories for comfort, lean on your friends for strength and always remember how much you are cared about.

Cristen, Caity and I will be keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Jim Charnley
December 4, 2011
Richard, I will never forget you passion, we worked together to attempt to pass SGA money for the various organizations in school. You are a warm hearted, personable individual, and I will never forget the positive imprint you have made on our lives as future physicians in SMU.
Sussane & Family please accept my deepest condolence for your loss. God Bless you all.
Abdul Mirreh
December 4, 2011
My deepest sympathy to all of his family. May support from family and friends get you through this time of sorrow.
CB Elkington
December 4, 2011
It is so sad to lose someone so caring, so talented, and so young. My deepest and most heartful sympathies go out to Susan, the children, and your entire family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Mike Caruso
December 4, 2011
Susan & Family,

Our heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Lisa (Torba) Nunan
December 4, 2011
David J Bhaltazhar Esq
December 4, 2011
Hi honey,
It's me. I'm still in shock that you won't be walking in the door next week. Please be with me as I go through your things and remember all the fun times we had. Please be with me as we watch Zoe's recitals, and celebrate holidays, and at 6:40am every morning. In fact, please be with me all the time. All I wanted was for you to be happy. When I went to the Caymans and talked to your friends, they confirmed how happy you were when you left this earth. I do wish this big hole in my heart didn't exist. I know you loved me so much, and I hope you know how much I loved you too. Take care of everyone up there as I can't wait to see you when I get up there.

Love always and forever,
Your wife, Susan
Susan Yee
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