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Martin, John A.

Spotlight: John A. “Jack” Martin, Sr.

John A. Martin, founder of John A. Martin & Associates, Inc., was born on December 12, 1918 in Spokane, Washington. During the Great Depression, his father moved their family around the northwest United States, and settled in Los Angeles, California. Martin played baseball, football, and wrestled in high school; by the age of 17 he was a “a talented American Legion ballplayer.” With no intention to go to college, Martin’s father introduced him to the baseball coach at the University of California at Berkeley. “At their first meeting, the legendary coach asked young Martin, ‘Why don’t you come to school at Berkeley?’ Jack said, ‘I have no money, no job and no place to stay and don’t know what I’ll study.’ Evans continued, ‘If I get you a job, a loan, and a place to stay will you come and play baseball at Cal?’ … Martin [recalls], ‘I got a job at the Student Union and a place to stay at the Phi Sigma Kappa house, and a loan. The counselor assigned [to] me noted that I had taken some pre-engineering courses earlier and, when I mentioned that the only thing I was good at as a student was mathematics, he suggested engineering as a career path. And that’s how I got into engineering, and I’ve never been sorry I did!'”
John Martin joined the US Navy after Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941. During his five year naval career Martin received his degree in engineering from Cal in 1943. After Martin’s release from the Navy in 1946, he joined Brandow and Johnson Associates, a firm which was just getting on its feet starting on school buildings, and expanding to high-rise structures. In 1953, after 7 years at B&JA, Martin founded John A. Martin & Associates. He remained active in engineering societies, serving as president of both the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (1976-77) and the Structural Engineers Association of California (1978-79). He is also an active member of numerous councils and institutes such as ASCE and the Tall Building Council. At one time in his career, Martin held a professional engineer licenses in 49 states. Today, he still possesses two California engineering registrations – a civil license (first issued in 1949) and a structural license (first issued in 1951). John Martin still visits the office regularly and remains a role model to emerging engineers.
Source: Richard G. Weingardt, P.E. John Alfred Martin Decisive Business-Savvy Engineering Legend


Fremont Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada. Courtesy of JAMA, Inc.

Written by Anna Hernandez

January 31, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Posted in Engineers

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