Arthur L. Martin '52 died March 21, 2009.
Arthur L. Martin, 78, died after a short illness, on March 21, in Los Angeles.
Art grew up on the south shore of Long Island and attended Baldwin High School.
During college and law school, he was a Jones Beach lifeguard and had walk on night employment with Mike Todd’s shows at Zach’s Bay.
For the charity drive at Amherst, he perpetuated the aquacade in Pratt Pool that brother Bob had done several times before.
At Chi Phi, Art handled liquor accounts for the house and, after graduation, had to make good on an unwelcome bill that arrived in the mail.
Art roomed with Levy-Despas Scholar Mike Cabour, one of France’s best swimmers, who bolstered Lord Jeff’s team.
In 1955, Art received a law degree from Univ. of California’s Boalt Hall and became a deputy attorney general.
He served as counsel to the medical board and to the horse racing board.
After five years of state service, Art formed what would become a longtime partnership with Joe Aidlin and law school classmate, Jim Maraskos.
Art had many cases, but one was most satisfying. It involved a bruising battle with unsavory characters who opposed Art’s creating an independent Jockey Association which secured reliable benefits for all riders.
Art owned oil and mineral properties in California and Oklahoma which gave him a good excuse to pursue his interest in the Indians of the southwest. This continued when Art operated a fleet of houseboats at Hite Marina on Lake Powell, Utah.
Art’s wife of 50 years, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Bonnie Lee Martin, predeceased him as did son Kevin, who died shortly after graduating from college. Art is survived by daughter Erica ’81, grandchildren Duncan and Brigid and brother Bob ’49.
Memorial contributions in Arthur’s name can be made to the Amherst College Library Fund.
—Bob Martin ’49