Remembering Dr. Robert Martin

  • June 11, 2013, 3:57 p.m.

Dr. Robert MartinDr. Robert L. Martin, the former associate vice provost at the University of Oklahoma, died May 27, 2013, at his home in Norman.

From 1973 to 1988, Martin served as associate vice provost at what was then Continuing Education and Public Service (an earlier name for OU Outreach). In this role, he directed the efforts of many continuing education offices, including financial services, admission and records, registration and duplicating and postal services. He also administered OU’s contract training for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Martin enjoyed a long and distinguished academic career. After serving in the U.S. Army, he completed a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and physics and a Master of Arts in history at Texas Tech University. In 1959, he was awarded a Ph.D. in history from OU.

Before being named associate vice provost at OU in 1973, Martin served at Texas Christian University, Arkansas State University and the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts (OCLA) in Chickasha. At these institutions, he served in several roles and was known as someone with vision and was always open to academic innovation. Martin was president of OCLA where he recognized the importance of the humanities and helped transform that institution into what is now the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

Adapted from the "Norman Transcript"