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William H. Martin

1933 - 2018
William H. Martin Obituary
William Halliwell Martin, 85, of O'Hara Township, passed away Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. He was born Jan. 5, 1933 in Pittsburgh, the son of Dr. Thomas W. Martin III, M.D. and Helen Bitler Martin. Bill married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Virginia McVicker, Nov. 18 and 20, 1955, in Perigueux, France. After 60 years of marriage, she preceded him in death Feb. 21, 2016. Bill was a graduate of Wilkinsburg High School and Princeton University. He did graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh, Columbia University and the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He served two years in the Army in Perigueux, France. His business career included many years with PNC Financial Corp. and its predecessors. His last position at PNC was the directeur general of PNC Bank, Paris, France and vice-president international of PNC. He was president of the Pittsburgh Credit Bureau, and subsequently, President of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Pittsburgh. Later, at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, he was the initial director of the Center for Business, Religion and Public Life. Commitments to the community included years of teaching and administration at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church where he served on many boards and was an elder and the clerk of session. Bill also served as chairman of the Visiting Nurse Association of Allegheny County, as president of the Fox Chapel Area School Board and as a member of the Pittsburgh Presbytery Finance Advisory Board. He was a founding member of the Faux Paw Players (now Stage Right), and his social memberships also included the Duquesne Club, the Harvard-Yale-Princeton Club of Pittsburgh and Oakmont Country Club, of which he was a member for more than 50 years. When, in later life, he was unable to play his much-beloved golf, he enjoyed playing bridge with his friends. His fondest hope was always expressed as a desire to be known for his loving devotion to his wife, his family and his friends. Preceding him in death were his parents; son, David Bert; and sister, Suzanne Martin Scott. He is survived by his daughter, K. Danielle (William) Meyers, of Denver, Colo.; three sons, the Rev. Dr. Theodore H. (Rebecca), of Hampton, James E. (Christine), of Mt. Lebanon, and Timothy W. (Kim Fisher), of Alameda, Calif.; and daughter-in-law, Constance M., of Indiana Township; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Thomas Wilson IV, of Torrance, Calif.
There will be a memorial service at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, 384 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. Professional services trusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary or a . www.thomasmsmithfh.com.
Published in The Herald on Feb. 22, 2018
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