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Retired CVM Department Chairman
Charles Martin Passes Away

Dr. Charles E. Martin, 84, of Troy, Mo., passed away May 5, 2014, after a long battle with respiratory and heart disease. He was born on Nov. 7, 1929, in Lincoln County, Mo., near Moscow Mills, the youngest child of James S. and Mary E. (Schaffer) Martin.

After attending local schools he graduated from Buchanan High School in Troy in 1947. For several years he farmed, and then from 1940 to 1952 he attended the University of Missouri in Columbia where he studied agriculture. He served in the United States Air Force from 1952 until 1954 and was honorably discharged. In 1954 he entered the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, earning his doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 1958. After graduation he worked for several years in veterinary clinics before working in his own private practice. Dr. Martin left his practice in 1965, and began attending graduate school at Purdue University. In June 1967 he received a master's degree.

It was at this time he joined the faculty at MU College of Veterinary Medicine. He worked at the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery specializing in theriogenology from 1967 until 1980. Dr. Martin served as department chairman from 1974 until 1980. He then became a technical service veterinarian with the Upjohn Company (Zoetis). He remained at Upjohn until his retirement in 1993. Dr. Martin stayed busy throughout his retirement serving as a part-time consulting veterinarian for Cargill Swine from 1993 until 2003. In addition to his private practice, teaching, technical service and consulting career, he is a past president of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association and a charter diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists.

Dr. Martin is survived by his three sons, Tony Martin and his wife, LeeAnn, of Rocheport, Mo., Jim Martin of Columbia, Mo., and David Martin and his wife, Alondra; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; niece Karen Brown of Troy, who was his caregiver and traveling companion for his last few years; older brother Kenneth Martin, and his wife, Ardell, of Centralia, Mo.; older sister Alma Singleton and her husband, Robert, of Clemont, Fla.; and one sister-in-law, Carolyn Shramek of Middletown, Mo.; as well as many other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Emilie Martin, who passed away in 1986, three half-sisters, Earl, Lorene and Mary, and two half-brothers, Hubert and Robert.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at the McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Troy. A memorial service will follow at 5 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Eugene Rahmier officiating.

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