Martin, Royal F.


Dr. Royal F. Martin wore many hats over his 42-year career at Otterbein. Among his many duties, Martin served as athletic coach, athletic director, head of the physical education department, dean of men, dean of the college, vice president and interim president. He earned two undergraduate degrees, the first from Springfield College in 1911 followed by Otterbein in 1914. Martin came to Otterbein in 1913 to coach all sports and serve as the physical education director for both men and women. In 1919, following a two-year stint at Marion High School, Martin returned to Otterbein to organize the physical education department and served as athletic director for the next 24 years. He received his master of education degree from Springfield in 1937. Martin, who served as Otterbein interim president in 1945- 46, was promoted to vice president in 1945 and continued to serve on the faculty until his retirement in 1958. Otterbein awarded him an honorary LL.D. in 1951.