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Drs. Billy R. Martin

Dr. Billy R. Martin: Guest Book

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Jean, Lindsay and Zach, it was of great comfort that you and Billy could celebrate in May with your many friends from Richmond, the US and overseas. He will sorely be missed as he touched so many lives.

Edward Ishac (Richmond, VA)

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I am very sorry and sad to hear of the loss of Dr. Martin. I was a student in the Department of Pharmacology/Toxicology in the late 1980's and enjoyed Dr. Martin's fun personality as well as his excellent scientific skills. He will be missed! Sincerely,

 Sally Musick (Norcross, GA) 

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To the Family of Billy Ray Martin: Please accept my deepest sympathy at the loss of Billy Ray, a wonderfully inspiring individual. I worked in the School of Medicine Dean's Office and had frequent contact with Billy. He was a truly outstanding person who inspired generations of students and faculty. As chair of pharmacology/toxicology, he was the best of the best. I was fortunate to have an opportunity to meet with Billy on May 1, shortly before my retirement from VCU. He was amazingly upbeat and strong. I told him that he was an inspiration to all of us and that I would never forget him. I'm so sorry for your loss. 

 Bill Gleason (Southern Shores, NC)

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I remember how easy it was to talk to Dr. Martin after class, back when I was a graduate student, and how approachable he always has been. I enjoyed my years working and collaborating with him and his research group. My sincere sympathies to all his family. 

 Bill Glassco (Tiverton, RI)

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My condolences to the Martin family. Dr. Martin was a key figure at MCV and was on my graduate committee. I always appreciated his good nature and sense of humor. May God bless your family during this difficult time. 

 Dr. Tony Schatz (North Plainfield, NJ)

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I am so sorry for your loss. Wishing you strength in the days and months ahead.

 Cindy Cull (Chester, VA)

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My thoughts and prayers continue to be with your family. Billy was a wonderfully kind man and will greatly be missed by all who had the privilege to know him. 

 Jennifer Duncan (Midlothian, VA)

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Dr. Martin will be sorely missed. I loved his laugh and his gentle spirit; these are just some of the memories I will take with me of this wonderful man.  With deepest sympathies, 

 Jennifer Smith (Richmond, VA) 

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Our hearts go out to you at this time and in the days ahead. Bill wa a wonderful man. His contributions to the International Cannabinoid Research Society will long be remembered. 

 Richard Musty (South Burlington)

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Johnny and I are deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Martin. Our hearts go out to you Jean and to Zach and Lindsay. Dr. Martin will be remembered by all with whom he came into contact. We will keep all of you in our prayers and remember he is in a better place. Joyce and Johnny Pye 

 Joyce Pye (Glen Allen, VA)

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I was privileged to not only know Bill, but to have him as my brother-in-law for the last 3 & 1/2 decades. There was no finer brother, son, husband, father, or friend than Bill Martin. He fulfilled my wish for an older brother spectacularly. His gentleness, sense of humor, spirit for life, his wisdom, and his courage will inspire me for the rest of my days. Life will never be the same for my family without him.....but we are sooooo glad to have had him around for as long as we did. We will miss him forever. Joy and Greg Lukens 

 Joy Lukens (Holly Springs, NC)

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I was a technician/student in the Pharm/tox department for 9 years. I got to know Dr. Martin very well. He had the rare gift of being an outstanding scientist and intellectual but at the same time a truly caring person who understood people, always acting compasssionately and with a sense of humor. I hope he knew what a role model he is for me.  The world has lost a great man. My sincere condolences to his family. 

 Lisa Wallace (San Francisco, CA) 

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Jean, Zach and Lindsay, Angela and I were profoundly saddened to hear of Billy’s death. He was one of my closest friends in CPDD and ACNP and I so enjoyed talking with him and the many dinners we shared alone and with you and he as couple with Angela and I. He had a warmth and sense of caring which was astonishing aside from the fact that he was a superb scientist with great modesty about his considerable accomplishments. Obviously the scientific field will be dimished by his absence, but this pales into insignificance when compared to the personal loss Angela and I feel for a decent, sweet man. I can say nothing to ease the pain, but he and you are in our prayers. 

 Ted & Angela Cicero (St Louis, MO)

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Offering my deepest condolences.

 Shirley Marter (VCU) 

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My condolences and heart goes out to you Mrs. Martin, Zack and Lindsay. Dr. Martin will be truly be missed around the department (Pharmacology).He was a wonderful boss and friend, for 32 years. I really enjoyed working with him.

God saw you were getting tired,  A cure was not to be.
He put his arms around you,  A whispered "COME WITH ME".
A golden heart stopped beating,  Two tired hands laid to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,  He only takes the best.
You will be in my prayers.

Ramona and Frank Winckler (Richmond, VA)

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Georganna and I were greatly saddened to hear the news of Dr. Martin’s passing from Dave. Billy Ray’s skills and abilities as a scientist are, of course, well known. His many awards and achievements will forever document his vast contributions to the field.
As one of his many students, I would like to underscore his superb skills as a teacher and mentor. Although he always provided the perfect guidance and left little doubt about the correct course of action, his demeanor was always gentle and left no doubt that he was, at his core, a kind soul.
Our deepest sympathy to Jean and the family. Please know that his extended family, his students and the Department, will miss him greatly and our thoughts and prayers are with you 

Georganna and Roy Prescott (Hershey, PA)

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My sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to the family. We have lost a gem in the field of pharmacology, but his legacy will live forever! 

 Pal Pacher (Rockville, MD)

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Our sincere condolences at this time. Bill was not only a remarkable scientist but he also had a wonderful ability to engage with others. He will be missed.  Anne and David 

 David Taylor (Melbourne (Australia))

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My sincere condolenses to the Martin family. Dr. Martin was the one who inspired me to undertake research in the field of endocannabinoids and cannabinoids while I was a postdoctoral in the same department. He became my career mentor after I left MCV. It is a great loss to me. He will remain as my virtual mentor throughout my academic career and in my life. 

 Amruthesh Shivachar (Houston, TX)

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Jean, Zach, Lindsay our deepest sympathies are with you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Billy played a important role in my development as my scientific mentor, but more importantly he taught me the importance of treating others with respect, dignity, integrity, and humility. Sherrill and I will never forget our experiences at MCV and with Billy and his wonderful family. 

 Patrick & Sherrill Little (Glen Mills, PA)

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I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Dr. Martin. He was certainly an iconic figure both in the department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and the cannabinoid field. Dr. Martin truly had a great love for scientific discovery and it showed in his mentoring. I count myself lucky to have had many enlightening scientific discussions with him as a student and as a principal investigator. Dr Martin had a warm gentle spirit but also the decisiveness of a leader; he knew when you needed a push in the right direction. He cared about his students and was highly respected by many. Dr. Martin was an inspiration to me and will be greatly missed. 

 Sean McAllister (San Francisco, CA)

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I have had a great pleasure in knowing Dr. Billy Martin and his research work for many years, first as a graduate student, and then as a Program Director at NIDA. He was an outstanding scientist and a great soul, a gem of person. Will miss him with his charming smile and a great sense of humor too. 

 Jag Khalsa, Ph.D. (Fairfax, VA)

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I am very sorry and sad to hear of the loss of Dr. Martin. I was honored just to hear his voice a year ago and communicate few times by e-mail. He made a significant impact and encourage my interest to ? pharmacology and especially in his field. With Deepest Sympathy,

 Larisa Poluektova (Omaha, NE) 

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My deepest sympathy to the family. Billy was always generous and collegial. His leadership in the field will be greatly missed as will his warm personality and open demeanor. He was clearly an exceptional scientist and human being. 

 Thomas Klein (Tampa, FL)

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Dr. Martin was a role model as a scientist, a mentor and a human being. We have both worked in the Department since 1976. Whenever I would see him in the halls, he would always have a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face. He will be missed by so many people. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. May God help you ease the pain of these difficult days. 

 Fay Kessler (Richmond)

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Dear Jean, Zach and Lindsay, Please accept our deepest sympathies. Bill was a great mentor, as well as a dear friend to both Dave and me. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Mary, Dave and Zachary 

 Mary Abood (Philadelphia, PA)

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Dear Dr. Martin’ family, It was with a great sense of loss when I heard of Dr. Martin’s death. I wanted to let you know that you have my greatest sympathy, and my heart is truly saddened. Dr. Martin was more than just a wonderful person. He was a man of great insight and personality, and his death is a great loss to the research community, inparticular cannabinoid field. He was always so kind and considerate to me that I always welcomed seeing him at every opportunity and, I know that his passing will not only leave a void in our lives, but in the hearts of all those who knew him. Dr. Martin will always remain within our hearts.  Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you.  With our deepest sympathy,

 Sreenivasulu Pattipati (Richmond, VA)

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Billy was a colleague, friend, and mentor and I will always have the greatest respect for him. Please accept our condolences in this difficult time and know that the Martin family are in our thoughts and prayers.   John and Elaine Woodward 

 John Woodward (Charleston, SC)

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I am holding my head up strong as you would want me to, however, it is very hard. I have been given the opportunity to grow to as an adult, the challenge to to obtain goals and new rules that were not set before me and us, and above all the most sincere privilege to have been able to walk beside you and have such a great mentor to guide me into the future of the unknown, however always keeping it positive for me. For that Dr. Martin I will Always be grateful and love you and your family forever! 

 April Filips (Richmond, VA)

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Dear Jean, We were saddened to hear of Bill's death. Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you, Zach, and Lindsey during this difficult time.  Bernice and Dave Donley 

 Bernice Donley (San Diego, CA)

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Jean, Zack and Lindsay, Bill was such a kind, creative and genuine person who will be greatly missed by us and all. With love, 

 Jenn, Phil, and Lucas Spiegel (Richmond, VA) 

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My sincere condolences to the family. Dr. Martin was one of my favorite professors while I was a student at MCV. I STILL have my notes from his classes on receptor theory! He was such a good teacher and was always so encouraging. We will miss him a great deal. 

 Leigh Ann Burns Naas (Poway, CA)

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I'm so sorry to hear of Dr. Martin's passing. I first met him in 2000 at an ICRS conference, and he was very friendly and always spoke encouraging words to young scientists. He will indeed be missed.   Please accept my condolences. 

 Lyn Francisco (Durham, NC)

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Dr. Martin was a kind and remarkable man. His contributions and his spirit will be dearly remembered. Our deepest condolences to the Martin family.  RIP Billy   Jason and Nicole Schechter 

 Jason Schechter (Tucson, AZ)

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Jean, Zach and Lindsay, My heart goes out to you in your time of grief. Billy was an inspiration to me and many others (as attested to by the many entries in this guest book). Thank you for sharing the gifts of your wonderful husband and father with us. I am truly blessed to have known him and to have had the opportunity to work with him so closely. 

 Jenny Wiley (Richmond, VA) 

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Dear Jean, Zach and Lindsay I am deeply saddened by the passing of Billy Martin. May you all have the strength to cope with his loss. 

 Emmanuel Onaivi (Haledon, NJ)

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We very much enjoyed the short time we really knew Billy, particularly our time in Panama and at the Galapagos. His kind, gentle personality and great sense of humor will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with you Jean. Ken and Barry Moore, Okemos, MI. 

 Barry Moore (Okemos, MI) 

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I was saddened to hear of Dr Martin's passing. Working with him in both McGuire Hall and Smith for almost 5 years, I knew him to be a very kind man. Those of us in the lab enjoyed the annual summer cookouts at your home and being able to get to know him better by sharing that time with his family. Dr Martin will be missed. 

 Judy Katzen (Richmond) 

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My heart goes out to you during your time of grief. The passing of Billy is a great loss and creates a void in your family and in the research community. He was my colleague and friend. He was inspiring and touched many people's lives, including mine, in positive ways. He will be greatly missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathy. 

 Kathy McCoy (VCU, Richmond, VA) 

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It is my deeply sadness to hear the passing of Dr. Martin. His significant contribution to cannabinoid research will be honored forever and ever. 

 Kazuhito Watanabe (Kanazawa, Japan)

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I am very sorry and sad of the passing of Dr. Martin. I have had great impact in his research field of cannabinoids since 1970's.  With deepest sympathy, 

 Ikuo Yamamoto (Nobeoka, Japan)

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Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. 

 Mr. and Mrs. Willard Carter Kernersville, NC 

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I am sorry and sad to hear the loss of Dr. Martin. Please accept my deepest condolences.

 Vinod KY (Orangeburg, NY)

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My deepest sympathy to the Martin family. Dr. Martin was an outstanding scientist, mentor, family man and friend. He will be missed by all. 

 Charlie Cook (Baltimore, MD)

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Dr. Martin was truly an inspiration to the department and to the students that he has mentored over the years. My most sincere condolences to the Martin family. 

 George Pugh (Atlanta, GA)

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My deepest condolences go out to the Martin Family. I graduated from the Pharmacology and Toxicology Department at MCV and I cannot tell you how much I appreciated his openness. He was always available if I had a question or concern. He will be greatly missed.

 Laura Webb (Richmond, VA) 

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To the family of Prof Billy Martin,  Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of this maverick scientist. He has inspired many people in the field and he will be missed sourly by the research community at large and the cannabis researchers in particular. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.

 Appa Hungund (Orangeburg, NY)

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I just heard about his passing this morning. You know, I took another career path than he expected and I never felt good about how I left the department after all of the opportunities he gave me. You never really appreciate how people have impacted your life until they are gone. Please take comfort in the fact that Dr. Martin was a positive force in the lives and careers of so many people. 

 Kevin Jordan (Lynchburg, VA) 

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I was greatly saddened to hear of Billy's passing. I honor the memories of our friendship. Billy was kind and supportive, and always had time to give advice or an encouraging word. He will be missed by many. 

 Rob Mansbach (San Diego, CA)

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I am sad to see this day finally come. My heartfelt condolences go to all the Martin family and to Zach. I have known the Martins since I was five and have always looked up to Dr. Martin as a role model and mentor. He would always take time out of his busy days to respond to emails on every thing from life’s' little wonders to the study of oncogenes/ cancer. I will always be grateful for his recommendations over the years. I will dedicate the remainder of my medical studies to my father and Dr. Martin. 

 Scott Keel (Prague/ CZ)

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I am so very saddened to learn of Bill's passing. I have so many fond memories of Bill from my years as his neighbor across the street. He was such a wonderful person! I always admired him for being such an intellectual yet having such a down-to-earth personality. He was a wonderful neighbor and friend and I enjoyed the many years I shared at his home, playing with Lindsay and Zach and later babysitting them. It doesn't seem real that he is gone and it is definitely too soon.

I pray that your family will find peace in knowing he is now without pain and has gone on to a wonderful place. He was blessed to have such a wonderful and supportive family. Bill will be truly missed. I feel privileged to have known him.  With Deepest Sympathy

 Teresa (Zandy) Drum (Conover, NC)

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I was deeply saddened by the news of Dr. Martin's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out the Martin family and Zach. I grew up with Zach, and have known the Martin's since I was very young. Dr. Martin was a great man who loved his family very much and will be remembered by many. 

 Brandt Steele (Ocean Isle Beach, NC)

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My condolences to Jean and the family. It has been a long time since we were roommates in Chapel Hill, but I will always cherish the memories. Bill was a true friend--

 Bill Morgan (Honolulu)

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Billy was truly one of the good guys. As campus administrative staff I worked with him on various matters over a number of years, and my husband Randy was a tech in his research group even longer ago. Whether advocating for his department, faculty and staff, mentoring students (and employees), or just exchanging pleasantries in the parking lot, Billy was enormously effective, supportive, respectful, fair and kind. Both of us are profoundly grateful to have known and worked with him and extend our deepest sympathy to his family. We're so sorry for your loss. 

 Katy Rosemond (Providence Forge, VA)

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Dear Ms Martin, Jean and Zach, Last fall your husband/father gave me the opportunity to join his lab. I was delighted to realize that he was not only a great scientist but also a great person. I thank God for giving me the opportunity to meet him. I’ll never forget Dr Billy R Martin. I know these moments are hard, but please remind he was really strong and he fought until the last moment. I imagine how you feel, but please be tough too. I’m sure he wouldn’t like to see you like that. My heartfelt condolences with lots of love, 

 Dolores HernŠn (Madrid)

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To Mrs. Martin, Zach, and Lindsey.  My deepest sympathy to each of you. Dr. Martin will surely be missed by the many people whose lives he has touched over the years. His was a personal touch which will never be forgotten.

 Carlotta Jackson (Richmond, VA) 

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I was greatly saddened to see Billy's obituary in today's Kernersville [NC] News. He and I grew up together and attended church together in that small town. He was quiet and thoughtful and altogether a wonderful human being. May God bless and look over his family. 

 Mike Marshall (Kernersville, NC)

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Bill was a very special individual who will be sorely missed. All of the wonderful tributes to him listed here in the guest book are testament to the great impact he had on all who knew him. He leaves behind many, many treasurable memories. Truly, his was a life well lived. Our thoughts go out to his wonderful family at this difficult time. 

 Les and Donna Satin (Richmond, VA)

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My sincere condolences to the Martin family. Dr. Martin was truly and inspirational scientist and leader in the Pharm/Tox Department. I surely enjoyed his candidness.

Diana Auyeung-Kim (Reno, NV)

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I met Dr. Martin on my VCU interview, and the opportunity to work with such a kind and outstanding scientist was one of the things that brought me to Richmond. Throughout my time here, Dr. Martin served on my graduate committee, and I met with him on a number of occasions, mostly when I was in need of guidance or advice. I will never forget his fierce loyalty to his students, his soft-spoken yet direct demeanor, and his willingness to take time out from his busy schedule to help people in any way that he could. I specifically remember him calling me out of class one day to tell me about a last-minute travel award opportunity! He is truly an inspiration and was a father-like figure to many. My sincere condolences to the Martin family. 

 Katherine Falenski (Richmond, VA) 

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To the Martin Family, my heartfelt sympathy and prayers of condolence are with you. Dr. Martin was my first "boss" following college and could not have been better at setting the foundation for my career. He was fun, funny, helpful, generous, kind, patient, down-to-earth and a great mentor. I've thought of him often over the years and the loss of him is great to all of us whose lives he touched.

 Ruth Brosius (Hillsborough, NJ)

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Dr. Martin was inspirational, both as a person and scientist. He cared greatly about the students in the department. He will be missed but never forgotten. Our hearts go out to his family. 

 Dawn and Rick Carter (Richmond, VA)

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Bill Martin was not only an outstanding scientist, mentor and teacher but a very compassionate leader. He was a role model and will always remain so. Our deepest heartfelt sympathy for the family.

 Hamid and Yasmin Akbarali (Richmond, VA) 

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I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity and honor of calling Dr. Martin my post-doctoral mentor. He was an amazing man both professionally and personally--such a great scientist and mentor and at the same time very friendly and easy to talk to. My condolences go out to his family, especially Jean, Lindsay and Zach. Dr. Martin will certainly be missed by so many people, as was apparent at his funeral today. 

 Chris Breivogel (Fuquay-Varina, NC)

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My sincere and deepest sympathies to the Martin family..I was one of the many students who was fortunate to know Dr. Martin during his tenure as professor and department chair at VCU/MCV. The inspiration and passion to succeed that he instilled in me lives on in my daily life. He was a role model, a colleague, a mentor, a friend. I am saddened to know that future generations of scientists will not have the chance to know him personally. I will keep his memory fondly in my heart.

 Diana Cichewicz McKinney (Richmond, VA)

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Dear Jean, Zach and Lindsey, I am very sorry for your loss. Dr. Martin was the embodiment of a gentleman and a scholar, and my life is better for having known him. In sympathy,

 Colleen McLaughlin McCue (Midlothian, VA) 

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Bill was an amazing person to know. His kindness, knowledge, and sensitivity; will be sorely missed as the rest of us continue our journey here on earth. Not only was he a cousin, but a friend, and a person i always looked up to and admired. The compassion that bill always showed the king family will never be forgotten. To the family, Jean, Zach, and Lindsay;our prayers for strength and comfort go to you in coming days. Yours truly, Charles S. King 

 Charles King (Kernersville, NC) 

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Billy always had students in his laboratory from high school students to postdocs. He treated them all with the same care and interest. Outstanding teacher, scientist and leader who will be sorely missed.

 Richard Brandt (Richmond, VA) 

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It was a shock to receive the news of Billy's untimely death. Having recently lost my wife of 45 years to cancer, I can well appreciate what you have gone through during the long months of Billy's illness, and how you must feel, now that he is gone. Words at this time are meaningless. However, as time passes and you reread the outpouring of respect, admiration, and love, that is so evident in this guest book, I hope this will give you solace and support.  My first meeting with Billy and you, Jean, was through the AMSPC, when you first attended our annual meeting. I was immediately impressed by Billy's friendly and warm demeanor, his positivity, and his charm. I was subsequently pleased to see how rapidly he became a contributing and valuable member of the Association. He will be sorely missed.  Be strong.

 Israel Hanin (Tucson, AZ) 

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I was truly distressed to learn of Billy's passing. He and I go way back, back to the early days in Chapel Hill. He was a great human being, friendly and helpful to all, as well as a strong leader and distinguished scientist. He will be missed for many years to come. 

 Arthur Prange (Chapel Hill, NC) 

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Billy will be remembered by so many of his colleagues for his many attributes. He was a wonderful friend and colleague. I will miss him. 

 Leonard Cook (Newark, DE)

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Most sincere condolences to Billy Martin's family, friends and colleagues. I had the opportunity to meet and appreciate him during the AMSPC meetings, we all will miss him dearly. Si tibi terra laevis! 

 Emanuel Escher (Sherbrooke, QC)

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It is heartbreaking news. I often marveled at Billy's talents: his instincts for science, his fairness, ability to lead, his directness. We've lost a good one, but his work will live on, and I'll never forget him. My condolences to his family and everyone who loved him.  Sincerely,

 Mike Kuhar (Atlanta, GA)

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Bill Martin was a kind friend, mentor and colleague for 30 years. I will miss him. My sincere condolences to his family. 

 William Woolverton (Jackson, MS) 

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Please accept my condolences; this is a great loss for all of us. Billy and I were classmates in graduate school at Chapel Hill. He contributed much to pharmacology and we will miss him. 

 Adron Harris (Austin, TX) 

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Billy preceded me in Chapel Hill and he was beloved there and I had the pleasure of meeting him several times in the last 30 years. What a wonderful scientist and man.

 Charles Nemeroff (Atlanta, GA)

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In the brief time I knew Dr. Martin, he was an inspiration to me, he was a remarkable scientist and a truly kind caring person. I will always remember the enormous admiration and respect that all of us had for Dr Martin and the grace and dignity he displayed in the face of illness. I consider myself very lucky to have had the privilege of knowing Dr Martin and will always remember him. 

 James Burston (Richmond, VA)

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To the Martin Family - If the measure of a life well lived is truly found in one's family and friends then Billy set the standard. I always appreciated his smile and laughter and admired most his perspective. I offer you my deepest sympathy.

 Melanie Shopshear (Short Pump, VA)

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On behalf of myself and my wife, I would like to offer our condolences to the Martin family. I was a student in the Department in the 1990's, and I met my future wife (Jennifer Slemmer) while she was conducting research with Dr. Martin and Dr. Damaj. I too, as another student has pointed out, still have my notes from Dr. Martin's receptor theory lectures. Nobody taught it better. I now teach drugs of abuse to pharmacy and graduate students, and always present work conducted over the many years by Dr. Martin. I am always so proud to be able to tell the students that I was educated in the same department that Dr. Martin was instrumental in building. Jenn and I often discuss how lucky we were, and still are, to be members of that departmental community. As demonstrated on this message board, it is a sense of community that continues to live on, and will certainly do so with the memory of Dr. Martin. 

 John Weber (St. John's, NF)

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My deepest sympathy to the Martin family and the MCV Pharmacology Department. I always admired Billy's science,his devotion to teaching and his ability to run such a successful department. I had the priviledge of working with him on several alumni projects and was very proud of his accomplishments. He will be missed by all those lives he touched. 

 Robert Taber (Somerset, NJ)

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I was an ordinary graduate student in the Department in the 1999. I always remember how approachable he always has been by many of his students. To us, he was not only a prominent scientist nationwide but also a very friendly and wonderfully kind teacher easy to talk to.

 I personally still remember the moment that backs in 2001, when I was very nervous to give my first seminar in the department and as a department chair, Unexpectedly he came to me with encouragement and said, “It’s a very good seminar”. I was very touched by his kindness and gained a lot confidence from it. I am deeply saddened by your loss and please send my sincere condolences to all his family. I believe that He will be missed by all those lives he touched. 

 Jen Bai (Rockville, MD) 

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Billy's scientific legacy reaches far and wide internationally. He was an inspirational colleague with whom I enjoyed many discussions at past ICRS meetings. I have a great video snippet of an interview with Billy that I use in my teaching - it will be bittersweet viewing now. My sincere condolences to the family at your loss. 

 Nadia Solowij (Wollongong, Australia)

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Our deepest sympathies to the Martin family, Dr. Martin was a wonderful person, a great leader and a mentor to many at VCU over the years, he will be greatly missed. Uyenlinh and Tooraj.

 Tooraj Mirshahi (Lewisburg, PA)

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God Bless 

 Jackson Goff (Melbourne)

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I had the fortune to meet Dr. Martin during a job interview several years ago and he was a wonderful and kind host during my visit. My sincere condolences to his personal family and to his friends and colleagues in the department of Pharmacology at VCU.

 Rene Anand (Columbus, OH)

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Thank's for everything you did when you was among us... 

 Roger Lundqvist (Stršngnšs)

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Thank you for everything you done for the human rase. You will always live on,  RIP

Mikael S-H (Sweden/LuleŚ)

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I am extremely sad to learn of Billy's passing. He was a special person for me and for so many. My best wishes and sympathy for his family. 

 Frank Porreca (Tucson, AZ)

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I am saddened to learn of the death of Billy Martin. My condolences to his family and associates at VCU Pharmacology. 

 Kevin Lynch (Charlottesville, VA)

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I was very lucky to have had the opportunity to know Dr. Martin. He was very kind and an excellent teacher and I will always remember him.

 Will Steelman (Philadelphia, PA)

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Billy and I collaborated recently on a study of nicotine. He was a lovely, gentle man. My condolences to his family. 

 Henry Lester (Pasadena, CA)

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It came as a great shock to me to hear that Billy Martin passed away. I was one of the many that was fortunate enough to have received his encouragement and support. Despite being a new faculty member in a different department he and others in Pharmacology helped out my family when no one else would. I can only imagine the loss felt by his family. His loss will not be soon forgotten. 

 Rory McQuiston (Richmond, VA)

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To my beloved cousin's family. Billy was an inspiration to me as a child growing up. I always admired the qualities that made Billy who he was! If you were highly educated or not so highly educated, Billy always showed you the same respect, he never belittled anyone! My wife Lois and I feel priviliged to have known him! And we'll all get to see him again one day over on Heaven's shore! May God bless and keep you, Jean and the rest of the family!

 Rev Vincent L and Lois E Ashley  (Thomasville, NC) 

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Rest in peace Dr. Martin. 

Robnet Kerns (St. Louis, MO)

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My deepest sympathy to Dr. Martin's family. I was a graduate student in the early 80's when Zach and Lindsay were little tikes - his pride and joy! He will be missed but always remembered as a man with a heart of gold. I thank him and honor him for his contribution to my world and our world. 

 Jenny Shook (Seattle, WA)

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Dear Jean, only today did I learn of Bill's death. I am most saddened by your loss and that of your sons. Once again, as has been the case since Chapel Hill, I was wanted to ask Bill for his assistance with a scientific problem. As so many others have said before me, he was always willing to help and always with good advice and humor. I will truly miss him, our occasional meetings at national conventions, and his chuckle. My deep regrets to you and the family,  Herm Lilja 

 Herman Lilja (Libertyville, IL)

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I am deeply sorry to learn of Dr. Martin's passing. Upon joining the department in 1997 as a lab tech and student, I quickly learned of the central and pivotal role he played as a researcher and teacher. I enjoyed his lectures on receptor pharmacology and the advice and guidance he provided on opioid and cannabinoid research. My thoughts go out to his family, friends and colleagues. 

 Kirk Rorrer (Seattle, WA)

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God Bless

 Kristal L. Rosebrook (Seattle, WA

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