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Richard Harvey Martin

Columbia, MO, 1932 - 2022

Richard Harvey Martin, M.D., August 27, 1932-September 29, 2022
Richard (Dick) Harvey Martin died Thursday, September 29, 2022. Funeral Service will be 4 p.m., Monday, October 17, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church 16 Hitt St, Columbia, Mo., 65201, followed by a reception at the church. Visitation will be from 3-4 p.m., Monday at the church. Private burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery 1217 Business Loop 70 West Columbia, Mo.
Dick was born and raised in northern Indiana. He was the valedictorian of La Porte HS in 1950, attended Johns Hopkins University and graduated from the University of Rochester in 1957 with his M.D. He married his high school sweetheart, Carole Lou O'Reair, while in Medical School. He moved to Seattle and served in the US Navy for two years. He stayed in Seattle to complete his medical training at the University of Washington.
In 1965, he joined the faculty of the University of Missouri School of Medicine and became the first director of the Division of Cardiology. He won several teaching awards and was on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Affiliate of the American Heart Association.
Dick and Carole moved to Little Rock, Ark., in 1983 where he practiced as a cardiologist at Heart Clinic Arkansas. He taught clinical medicine at the University of Arkansas and directed the Non-invasive Cardiac Laboratory at Baptist Medical Center.
He retired in 1999 and he and Carole moved back to Columbia, Mo., in 2000. He rejoined the faculty of the MU Division of Cardiology part-time for two more years.
He had life-long passion for sailboat racing. With his wife and sons, he raced several classes of sail boats in 25 states and Canada, winning championships in national and international competitions. After retirement, he transitioned to Model Yacht Sailing, winning his last championship in the Masters Division at age 77.
Dick is survived by his wife Carole Martin, of Columbia, Mo., and his son, Michael K Martin (Bonnie) of Columbia, S.C., granddaughters, Lindsay Martin, and Lauren Summersett (Andrew) of Colorado and three great-granddaughters. He is predeceased by his son, Robert Martin.
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Published October 12, 2022