Frank Martin Jr.

  • Frank Martin Jr.
Frank Martin Jr. (Baltimore Sun )
November 03, 2012|By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun

Frank Martin Jr., a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. supervisor and World War II veteran, died of an infection Nov. 1 at the Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. He was 94 and had lived in Canton.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Mount Vernon, he attended the Calvert School and was captain of the cavalry at McDonogh School, where he graduated in 1936.

After earning a degree in photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology, he joined the Navy and became a lieutenant in the air corps. He was a leader in the instrument flying school in Pensacola, Fla., and made 67 flights to Rio de Janeiro to deliver war materials for the South Atlantic fleet. He told family members he had 4,000 hours in the air.

After the war, he earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. He belonged to the Tau Beta Pi fraternity.

During a lengthy career at Baltimore Gas and Electric, he was supervisor of gas and steam maintenance. He worked at its Front Street location.

"All of his employees considered him beloved," said his wife of 38 years, Virginia McWilliam West.

Mr. Martin enjoyed photography, woodcarving and building wooden boats.

He was active in the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, where he was chairman of the ushers and served on the building and grounds committee. He was a Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland volunteer.

Plans for a memorial service are incomplete.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two stepsons, David West of Littleton, Colo., and Michael West of Lakewood, Colo.; two stepdaughters, Lynnea Salvo of McLean, Va., and Elise Manieri of Lower Gwynedd, Pa.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A third stepson, John Thomas West, was declared missing in action in Vietnam.

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