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Oscar Martin Jr. '41 January 30, 2017 8:49 AM updated: January 30, 2017 8:53 AM

Robert A. Pumphrey Funeral Homes obituary
Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Inc.
7557 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814-3501

Oscar M. Martin, Jr.

September 9, 1919 - March 26, 2015
Resided in Fort Wayne, IN

September 9, 1919 – March 26, 2015


Born in Shawnee, OK, 9/9/19, son of Oscar M. and Mabry Strode Martin, "O.M." attended Texas A&M and earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering. At graduation in 1941, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and assigned to Ft. Monmouth, N.J. He volunteered to join the American Group 1 training in the new field of radar in England. As a pioneer in the field of radar, his training enabled him to see the world while establishing radar sites in North Africa (five installations from Casablanca to Tangier), Florida, and our northwest coast, and then New Guinea where he established a radar school for Air Force pilots. He was sent to the Philippines from where he travelled to Kunming, China as a radar operator. He was stationed in Manila when rescue planes took off for Japan to evacuate our military men. He returned to Bethesda, Maryland in September, 1945.

On December 9, 1942 he married Katherine Elizabeth Yost at the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, They had three children - Wayne Robert Martin (m. Elena Velichko), Jan Martin Goodchild (m. Melville C. D. Goodchild), and Dr. Candace Louise Martin. There are four grandchildren – Tracy Eileen Townsend (m. Matthew Townsend), Courtney Erin Martin (m. John Geci), Ross Whitney Martin, Esq., Dr. Owen Scott Martin (m. Dr. Anna Gordon); and two great-granddaughters – Holly Amelia Townsend and Grae Geci, and one great-grandson Cody Geci.

Returning from the war zone in the Philippines, his 5th theater of service, Mr. Martin worked for Yost Electronics in Bethesda until 1951 when he joined the Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University. He worked on radar related projects until his retirement in 1982. He obtained three patents – signal processing for homing systems aboard a guided missile, a homing system that processed radar emissions to attack radar, and the design of the Talos Missile, a long range anti-aircraft missile. During his retirement, he was a member of the Fossils, a local group of retired scientists interested in continued education in the sciences.

A joint memorial service with his recently deceased wife of 73 years will be held at PUMPHREY'S BETHESDA-CHEVY CHASE FUNERAL HOME, 7557 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda on Monday January 30, 2017, 10 am. The internment will be at Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in his name may be made to your local ASPCA.

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