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Former Auburn University President Dr. James Martin dies

Former Auburn University President Emeritus, Dr. James E. Martin. (Source: Auburn University) Former Auburn University President Emeritus, Dr. James E. Martin. (Source: Auburn University)

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Former Auburn University President Emeritus, Dr. James E. Martin, has passed away. Dr. Martin died on Saturday, June 3, at the age of 84.

Martin was Auburn University's 15th president and presided over the school from 1984 until 1992. 

Martin was born in Vinemont, Alabama, in 1932 but grew up in Greensboro, Alabama, where he graduated from high school. He entered Auburn on a four-year athletic scholarship and earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural management in 1954.

He then enrolled in graduate school at North Carolina State University where he received a master’s degree in agricultural economics in 1956. After serving two years in the United States armed forces, he enrolled at Iowa State University where he earned a doctorate in agricultural economics in 1962.

He taught at the University of Maryland and at Oklahoma State University and, from 1968-1975, he was dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. It was while occupying the presidency of the University of Arkansas that Martin received a call from his alma mater, Auburn University, to become its president in 1984.

Under Martin's leadership, Auburn University completed its most successful private capital campaign in the institution's history which resulted in $111 million of contributions and pledges.

Auburn University President Jay Gogue released a statement on behalf of the university saying:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” Auburn President Jay Gogue said. “He touched the lives of countless students throughout his career and he had many accomplishments during his time as president and in his other academic positions.”

Peck Funeral home, in Hartselle, Alabama will announce funeral arrangements at a later date.

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