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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

G. William Martin, "Bill," of Crisfield, Maryland, died April 20, 2006, in Morgantown, West Virginia, after a short illness. He also lived in Romney, West Virginia, and Knightsville, Indiana. He was born April 10, 1936, in Youngstown, Ohio, to George and Mary (Donald) Martin. He was preceded in death by his parents and aunts, Elizabeth Donald and Margaret (Donald) Girton, of Knightsville. He is survived by a son, William David Martin Brown of Morgantown, and a sister, Patricia Martin, of Honolulu, Hawaii.

Bill grew up in Traverse City, Michigan, and graduated from Traverse City High School. He received a Bachelor's degree in engineering from Michigan State University and attended graduate school at the University of Michigan, University of Delaware, and University of Virginia. He retired after a 30-year career as an aerospace engineer with NASA, working at the Wallops Island, Virginia, research station. He was a member of the design team responsible for the Aerobee Rocket, on display at the National Aeronautics and Space Museum at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D. C. Prior to joining NASA, Bill was a research scientist for Ingersoll-Rand in Painted Post, New York and also worked at the American Electric Power Company in Charleston, West Virginia.

Bill spent many summers at the family home in Knightsville. He served as a lifeguard and swimming teacher at the Forest Park pool and played trumpet in the Brazil Concert Band. Bill enjoyed skiing, sailing, playing music, and building/flying model airplanes. A memorial service is pending.