Thursday, December 23, 2010

In memoriam: Lawrence “Larry” E. Martin

Martin in a 1989 photo

Lawrence "Larry" E. Martin, who served in a number of positions at the MGH from 1949 through 1994 and most recently was a member of the MGH History Committee, died Dec. 16. He was 88 years old.

Martin joined the MGH in 1949 after responding to a classified ad seeking a cost accountant. He steadily gained responsibility as well as the respect of MGH leadership for his financial vision, creativity and overall business acumen. From 1951 to 1961, he served as comptroller of the MGH and from 1961 to 1974 as associate director of administration. During this time, Martin was integral in navigating the MGH across the then-new national landscape of Medicare and Medicaid.

From 1974 to 1986, Martin served as associate general director at the hospital before being named senior vice president, a position he held until 1994. Martin continued to be involved with the MGH after his retirement, serving on the History Committee and contributing to the planning for both the MGH museum and the MGH bicentennial celebration.

“His capacity to work with all – the MGH trustee, executive and nonexecutive – was immense,” says Kay Bander, a former colleague and current member of the MGH Ladies Visiting Committee. “It was a privilege to work with and be guided by him.”

Martin played a significant role in guiding the planning of the Ellison and Blake buildings, the expansion of the MGH to Charlestown Navy Yard – home of the Lawrence E. Martin Laboratories – and the establishment of health clinics in Chelsea and the North End.

“Larry was all about taking care of our patients first, and that was always his number one priority,” says Jim Guiry, senior construction manager, who worked with Martin for 35 years. “He was a mentor and great friend to all of us here at MGH for many years.”

Martin is survived by his wife Dorothy, daughter Dawn, and son and daughter-in-law Bradford and Albine, as well as grandchildren Rory, Max, Anjalee and Ashley. To view a series of video clips featuring Martin providing a narrated history of the MGH, access

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