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Russell Martin, longtime Lincoln educator, dies

August 17, 2003|PHIL PENDLETON

STANFORD --- A longtime Lincoln County educator who served as both teacher and administrator died Saturday. Russell Harold Martin, 80, of Stanford, died Saturday at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

"He was everybody's friend," said former Lincoln County School Superintendent Jack Denny Johnson, who worked with Martin at McKinney High School and at Lincoln County Central Office.

Martin began his education career at McKinney School where he taught for nine years. He served as principal there for nine years as well, championing a team teaching concept that Johnson says is now in place in most schools around the state.

"Only two or three schools (in the state) were doing that at the time," Johnson said.

He was the Supervisor of Elementary Education of Lincoln County Schools for 18 years. "He was a hard worker. There wasn't a lazy bone in his body," said Johnson. Johnson said there were some days in which Martin would already have a half-day's work done by the time others arrived at central office.

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Martin was also a talented musician, able to play multiple instruments, Johnson said.

"He would bring six or eight instruments with him," said Johnson, speaking of Rotary Club meetings the two attended together.

"He was a dedicated, hard worker ... and kind. He wanted to help people," said Johnson.

Funeral arrangements for Martin may be found in the obituary section of today's Advocate.

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