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Alma T. ‘Bunny’ Martien, businesswoman and community activist, dies

Alma T. “Bunny” Martien was an active member of the Women’s Civic League of Baltimore and had been chairman of the annual Flower Mart. She also was a member of the English Speaking Union and a trustee at the Bryn Mawr School.
Alma T. “Bunny” Martien was an active member of the Women’s Civic League of Baltimore and had been chairman of the annual Flower Mart. She also was a member of the English Speaking Union and a trustee at the Bryn Mawr School.

Alma T. “Bunny” Martien, a retired businesswoman and community activist, died Saturday of complications from pneumonia at her Brightwood Retirement Community home in Lutherville. The former Orchards resident was 93.

The former Alma DePauw Toy, the daughter of James F. Toy, builder and manager of the American Standard plant in Baltimore, and his wife, Alma McAfee Toy, a Kentuckian of pioneer stock, was born in Baltimore and raised in Guilford.

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After graduating in 1944 from the Bryn Mawr School, she attended Wells College in Aurora, New York, where she earned an associate’s degree. In the late 1940s, she graduated from Katharine Gibbs School, now Gibbs College, a secretarial school in New York City.

Known as “Bunny,” she returned to Baltimore and went to work as an assistant to William Kouwenhoven, dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Engineering, and later was an assistant to university president Lowell Reed.

In 1954, she married William “Bill” Martien, a Baltimore real estate executive and developer, who later founded the Industrial Real Estate Co., where she served as treasurer.

Mrs. Martien was an active member of the Women’s Civic League of Baltimore and had been chairman of the annual Flower Mart. As president of the Civic League, she helped lead the campaign that spared the Shot Tower and created the surrounding Shot Tower Park.

She was a member of the English Speaking Union, where she served as chairman of the organization’s Maryland Branch. Mrs. Martien and her husband were music lovers and patrons of the old Baltimore Opera Co. and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Mrs. Martien had been a benefactor and also a trustee for more than a decade at the Bryn Mawr School, where she had been presented its Alumnae Service Award.

An inveterate gardener who also enjoyed flower arranging, Mrs. Martien had been president of the Roland Park Garden Club and had been treasurer of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland.

After retiring from business in 1974, Mrs. Martien and her husband moved to Trappe and later Oxford. They enjoyed sailing and fishing and had sailed throughout the Chesapeake Bay and along the Eastern seaboard from Maine to the Bahamas.

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While living on the Eastern Shore, she resumed her volunteer work and became president of the Junior Auxiliary of Easton Memorial Hospital, where she helped raise money for a new floor that now contains its Alzheimer’s unit.

After her husband’s death in 1985, she moved to Oxford, where she lived for more than 30 years. She later married Richard “Dick” Bond of Philadelphia, a retired executive. He died in 2003.

She had been a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at St. John’s Church Western Run Parish, 3738 Butler Road, Reisterstown.

Mrs. Martien is survived by two daughters, Anne Toy of Lutherville and Dr. Katherine May Martien Sullivan of Vero Beach, Florida; a stepson, James Carey Martien of Towson; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

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