Former Trainer Doc Martin Passes

March 11, 2010

Lewis "Doc" Martin, Wake Forest University's athletic trainer from 1958 to 1980, passed away on Saturday, March 6.

Martin was the athletic trainer for all Wake Forest athletic teams for 22 years.

Known for a gruff exterior and an ever-present cigar, Martin was considered to have a warm heart and a boundless dedication to Wake Forest University.

Martin once downplayed his role as Wake Forest's athletic trainer

"I don't do too much," said Martin in an interview in 1978. "I buy supplies, head a student trainer program, coordinate menus for the athletic teams on the road and at home, make sure all teams have physical examinations and oversee the training room.

"I just help injured players get back on the field and give out some aspirin now and then," he said.

Wake Forest's football practice fields were named the "Doc Martin Football Practice Complex" in 1989

A native of Atlanta, Ga., Martin became interested in the care and treatment of athletes during his high school days at O'Keefe High. Following graduation he received a scholarship to the University of Georgia where he served as a student assistant trainer for three and one-half years.

In 1955, he took over as head trainer in all sports at Furman, a post he held until resigning in 1958 to accept the position at Wake Forest.

In addition to supervising the treatment of all varsity and freshman athletes, Martin assisted the Physical Education staff in the teaching of treatment of athletic injuries.

For years, Martin resided in Faculty Apartment No. 1, adjacent to the campus where he was available at all hours to service the needs of the student-athletes.

Martin was a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association.

Since leaving Wake Forest, he worked for Healy Wholesale in Fayetteville, N.C. Martin was a frequent visitor to Wake Forest's home football games since retiring.

Martin was born June 11, 1932.

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