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09-22-04

More on the Martins

Archie A. and Nancy C. Martin Foundation

  • Joanna Courteau, President, (515) 294-7405
  • Pauline Martin, Martin granddaughter, (515) 232-9291

Courteau, University Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, is president of the volunteer Martin Foundation. The grassroots organization raised more than $9,500 to help fund a brick "pier" honoring the Martins. The piers are dedicated to prominent Ames founders and institutions; Ames resident Ellen Hadwiger, Courteau and other Foundation members led the effort to obtain a pier recognizing the Martins, which was installed in 2002. The pier is at Burnett and Fifth streets in downtown Ames. The current Martin Foundation board includes Courteau, Hadwiger, Terry Adams, Johnny Pickett, Pauline Martin, Don Newbrough, Joyce Samuels, Doris Riggs and Don Riggs.

How Suite 2 became "Archie and Nancy Martin Hall"

The Martin Foundation approached Vice President for Student Affairs Tom Hill and George Jackson, assistant dean of the Graduate College, in 2003 about the possibility of naming a campus building for Archie and Nancy Martin.

Hill and Dan Saftig, president of the ISU Foundation, discussed the idea with Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy. Hill then submitted a nomination to the university's Advisory Committee on the Naming of Buildings and Streets. With the committee's recommendation, President Geoffroy presented the idea to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, who approved it at their Sept. 15, 2004 meeting.

The sturdy home at 218 Lincoln Way remains in the Martin family.

It is owned by a grandson, Grantland Shipp, of Silver Springs, Md. He rents the home to students. At one time, the Martin Foundation had hoped to restore the home, possibly relocate it, and/or work to have it recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. Foundation leaders have since indicated those ideas may not be feasible, and may not fit with the current owner's plans.

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The Martin home

The sturdy home at 218 Lincoln Way remains in the Martin family. It is owned by a grandson, Grantland Shipp, of Silver Springs, Md. He rents the home to students.