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In Memory: Fred Martin

Audiology scholar, teacher and practitioner passes away at 87

The Moody College of Communication mourns the passing of Fred Martin, who retired in 2006 after an acclaimed 38-year teaching career in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders.

Martin began as an assistant professor in 1968 and in 1982 was appointed Lillie Hage Jamail Centennial Professor. During his tenure, Martin published more than 120 articles and authored or edited 35 books, including “Introduction to Audiology,” which was a Hamilton Book Award finalist at The University of Texas in 2006.

Martin received accolades such as the Teaching Excellence Award, the Graduate Teaching Award and the Advisor’s Award.

He passed away on Nov. 8, 2018 at the age of 87.

Beloved among his students for his rigorous coursework and applicable life lessons, Martin received the following card from a former student on his 73rd birthday:

Everything I needed to know… I learned from Dr. Martin

  • Take Vitamin C
  • Proof read
  • Write thank-you letters
  • Pets save lives
  • Keep away from Q-tips
  • All you’ve got is your good name & your knowledge
  • If you write “Welcome” on your back people will wipe their feet on you
  • Macs are smarter
  • Don’t take sleep for granted
  • A yogurt a day keeps the doctor away
  • Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny
  • Witty responses: “I’m sorry you feel that way,” & “What would you like me to do about it?”
  • Marry your best friend

Natalie England

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