Dorothy Everett Martin, a teacher and social worker at Penn for 18 years until her retirement in 1988, died February 13 at the age of 76.

A specialist in family planning, sex education and abortion counseling, Mrs. Martin was an instructor in psychiatry at Penn's division of family study from 1970 until 1977. She then moved to the School of Social Work to teach a course on human sexuality to graduate students.

With her husband, Dr. Samuel Martin, she also helped shape the initial Ware College House's focus on health and society. As co-masters they conducted programs on aspects of public health for more than a hundred Penn students who were interested in working in the field.

At various times, Mrs. Martin had also served as director of counseling at Philadelphia Family Planning Inc.; supervisor of social work at Albert Einstein Medical Center; and supervisor of social work with the Philadelphia schools in a special program for teenage parents.

Mrs. Martin also contributed as a consultant on staff sex education to Home Health Services, Women's Medical Services Inc., Planned Parenthood and other social-service agencies. Her commitment and dedication in these areas began in Massachusetts, where she served as a field director for the Planned Parenthood League and a member and president of the League of Women Voters in Brookline, where she and her family had lived until the death of her first husband, Donald D. Matson.

She moved to Philadelphia in 1970 when she married Dr. Martin, now director emeritus of the Clinical Scholars Program. Besides her husband, she is survived by her daughters Martha M. Ehlers and Barbara B. Matson; sons Donald E. and James E. Matson; a sister, and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a future date.


February 20, 1996
Volume 42 Number 21

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