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Harold “Doc” Martin ’20 Memorial Scholarship

Give Now to the Harold "Doc" Martin Scholarship

Harold Douglas "Doc" Martin entered Norwich University as a cadet in 1916, the first African-American to do so. While at Norwich, Martin studied electrical engineering and was heavily involved in student life. He was the star of the varsity football team in addition to playing baseball and hockey. He was also in Mandolin Club, Glee Club, and a member of the War Whoop staff. He was truly a well-rounded student and exemplified our motto — "I Will Try."

Harold "Doc" Martin

After graduating from Norwich in 1920, he was offered a job at Westinghouse Electric. However, the company withdrew the offer when it found out that he was African-American. Martin managed to find another job at a smaller electric company in Pittsburgh. During his time in that city, he pitched for two Negro League baseball teams. Martin went on to have a successful career in college athletics, coaching and administering thriving athletic programs. He also earned a master’s degree in physical education from New York University.

During World War II, Martin was stationed at Tuskegee Army Airfield, where all African-American Army Air Force pilots were trained. He eventually became the Director of the Ground School at Tuskegee and was promoted to the rank of Major. The Tuskegee Airmen flew more than 15,000 sorties during World War II. Their impressive performance earned them more than 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses and helped encourage the eventual integration of the U.S. armed forces. Martin died in an accident during a routine flight in 1945 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

He is memorialized in the Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. In 1984, he was inducted into the Norwich Athletics Hall of Fame. He is also the namesake of the Harold "Doc" Martin Society, a multicultural student group that promotes a community of acceptance, inclusiveness, and diversity on campus.

Gifts to the Harold Doc Martin Scholarship will increase financial aid in the fall of 2021 and give Norwich the flexibility to address student needs as they arise over the coming months.

Ways to Give

Norwich University
Attn: Office of Development
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663

Norwich University
Office of Development
(802) 485-2300

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