William F. Martin Jr., 75, longtime dentist


William F. Martin Jr., a longtime dentist in the Baltimore area, died Wednesday of heart failure at his Annapolis home. He was 75.

A third-generation dentist, Dr. Martin began practicing in Baltimore in 1958, when he joined his father, William F. Martin Sr., in a dental practice that had been started in 1895 by his grandfather, Howard Thomas Martin.

In 1990, Dr. Martin was joined in practice by his son, Dr. William F. Martin III of Annapolis. They moved the practice to Towson in 1996.

He retired in 2002.

"He did limited orthodontics. He usually spent his Saturdays treating kids. He didn't like to see kids taken out of school for this," said his son.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he was a 1947 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and a 1953 graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park.

In 1955, he received his dental degree from the University of Maryland Dental School.

After graduation, he married Helen Jean Timanus. He went into the Army Dental Corps and served in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was honorably discharged as a captain in 1958.

A member of the American Dental Association and trustee of the Maryland State Dental Association, he served as president of the Baltimore City Dental Society in 1984.

He was a member of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park. He also was active in the leadership of Boy Scout Troop 339 at the church for several years and took time off from work to assist with camping trips. "He hardly missed a camping trip," said his son.

He enjoyed boating, especially in the Severn River, and fishing. He taught boating safety for 25 years with the Patapsco River Power Squadron organization.

A member of the National Association of Parliamentarians, he spoke to groups about parliamentary procedure.

He also built detailed, plank-on-frame model ships.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church.

In addition to his wife of 49 years and his son, survivors include a daughter, Susan J. McEvoy of Leonardtown; a sister, Ellen Walters of Whiteville, N.C.; and two granddaughters.

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