Leslie Martin, a retired professor and administrator at the University of Kentucky, died Jan. 21 at his home in Versailles, Ky. He was 92.
“Dr. Martin had a long and distinguished career at the University of Kentucky,” said Rosetta Sandidge, interim dean of the UK College of Education. “After his retirement, he continued to be an active supporter of the College of Education. He remained very interested and involved in college activities and fundraising and was especially interested in providing financial support to graduate students. He was a real friend of the College. We will miss him.”
Martin was a charter faculty member of the Department of Higher Education and Adult Education at UK, and he continued that role later when higher education merged with social and philosophical studies to form the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation of which he served as chair during his tenure.
Having worked as chief psychologist at the U.S. Army Air Force Hospital from 1942-46, Martin knew the importance of assisting veterans in need of psychological support. As a result, he helped establish UK’s Counseling Center to offer these services.
In the College of Education, Martin helped establish two fellowships with alumna Helen Thacker Hill. The first was the Martin-Thacker Scholarship benefitting students in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling. The second was an endowed fellowship providing research support to graduate students in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology.
Martin retired from UK in 1986.