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SCU mourns the death of Fr. Norman Martin, S.J.
Fr. Norman Martin, S.J., professor emeritus of history at
Visitation will be in the Jesuit Community Chapel on Friday Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to Funeral services will be at 9.30 a.m. on Feb. 11 at the Mission Church, followed by a reception in the Williman Room in Benson Memorial Center.
He entered the Society of Jesus 70 years ago on
“The university community has lost one its most beloved members,” said SCU President, Fr. Paul Locatelli, S.J. “Father Martin was known to generations of
During his career, Fr. Martin had been on the board of trustees at SCU and O’Connor Hospital, and chaplain for SCU’s Catala Club and SCU’s Board of Regents.
“Fr. Martin made a difference in the lives of innumerable students, alumni, and friends,” said Jim Purcell, vice president for university relations at SCU. “If you passed by his desk, he would be on the phone talking to an alum or a parent, or he would be talking to the staff. He was in the business of building relationships - he was loved by all who knew him and we will miss him terribly.”
In lieu of flowers, the Jesuit Community requests donations to
In 2004, philanthropists Michael J. and Mary Orradre made a gift of $2 million for the new SCU library in honor of Fr. Martin. SCU alums John M. and Abby Sobrato also pledged $1million dollars in his honor to go towards the section in the library that will house the SCU archives.
A native of
In the 60s and 70s as a history professor at SCU, he conducted research on socioeconomic problems of Colonial Mexico, especially the unemployment during that period.
A Guggenheim fellowship and research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Philosophical Society enabled him to continue his archival research in Madrid, Seville, Lisbon, Paris, London,, Vienna, Rome, and Dublin, as well as in Mexico and the Philippines.
His books, Los Vagabundos de la Nueva Espana, Siglo XVI, Instruccion del Virrey Marques de Croix a Antonia M. Bucareli, Instruccion Reservada al Conde de Moctezuma, and articles are considered important sources for colonial Mexico’s history.
Fr. Arthur Leibscher, SCU history professor said, "The scholarly world looked on Fr. Martin as an insightful scholar. His students knew him as enthused teacher and caring mentor. But, above all, he was a priest who reached out to everyone with care and concern."
In addition to the Jesuit community, he is survived by his nephew Warren H. Hutchins and family of