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We have lost a special man, an audiology pioneer - Fred Martin - July 24 1931 to November 8 2018 Rest in Peace Dr. Martin - you will be missed

Rest in Peace Dr. Martin.


Our father, Fred Martin, passed away on November 8, 2018 at 87.  David and Leslie Anne were with him during his final days and he was at peace and free of pain.  This is Fred’s note, written years in advance, though we are editing it slightly.  He requested that no formal funeral service be carried out, mostly because he did not want to cause any more sadness about this than necessary.  He did ask that we notify some of the people who were important to him.

Fred's first love was his family and his very special dogs that he adored, as everyone who knew him is aware.   He also loved audiology.  He was proud of his students and was always excited to hear news of their accomplishments.  He felt that his former students being smart and up-to-date on the latest scientific developments was critical but not as important as being kind to patients.

One of his former students sent him a card on his 73rd birthday and attached the following, which Fred truly enjoyed.  His friends and students may recognize some of this.

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

v   Take Vitamin C

v   Proof read

v   Write thank-you letters

v   Pets save lives

v   Keep away from Q-tips

v   All you’ve got is your good name & your knowledge

v   If you write “Welcome” on your back people will wipe their feet on you

v   Macs are smarter

v   Don’t take sleep for granted

v   A yogurt a day keeps the doctor away

v   Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny

v   Witty responses:  “I’m sorry you feel that way,” & “What would you like me to do about it?”

v   Marry your best friend

Fred preferred that you all not send gifts or flowers at his passing.  He would have much preferred that if you are moved to do something that you make a donation to your favorite charity.  His included the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, St. Jude’s Hospital, the Scott Haug Foundation, or any of the dog rescue groups like the Austin Humane Society.  There is also a Frederick N. Martin Endowed Scholarship in Communication Sciences and Disorders at The University of Texas at Austin.

As a brief addendum, we would like to add our own thanks to all of you for the warmth and concern that you have provided Fred and all of us over the years.  The outpouring of love that we have witnessed over the past few months is testament to Fred’s love for and commitment to excellence in his work and in all his endeavors.  We are very proud of him!


All the Best,

David and Leslie-Anne Martin

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Click here to download a copy of this letter.