August 09, 2010


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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — A bequest from the estate of Henry Martin, who graduated from Bucknell University in 1939, will be used to fund a scholarship for students in the Hazleton Area School District.

Martin, who gave more than $300,000 to establish the scholarship, died May 20, 2009. A 1935 graduate of Hazleton High School, he worked for PPL in Allentown and Harrisburg for 32 years, in the engineering and right-of-way departments, before retiring in 1974. He also worked for Bethlehem Steel for several years.

"This scholarship is a great opportunity for our Hazleton Area students to attend Bucknell University, who otherwise would not be able to attend such a highly prestigious school," said Sam Marolo, superintendent of the Hazleton Area School District. "I'd like to express our gratitude for the great generosity of the Martin family."

Martin was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, the Bison Club, the Bucknell Emeritus Club, the 'Ray Bucknell Society, and the Bucknell Gold Society. He was an active member of the PPL LiveWires Club of Harrisburg, PPL Retirees, Hershey Bears Booster Club and the Millersburg, Pa., Ferry Boat Association.

He was born in Hazleton on Aug. 5, 1917, the son of Arthur and Bertha Dietrich Martin. Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, was his wife of almost 50 years, Kathryn Martini Martin, in 2002. Martin is survived by a cousin and several nieces and nephews.

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