union jack doc martens Les Martens Obituary
Martens, Dr. Les Surrounded by family, died peacefully at home in St. Paul on 1/13/11 at the age of 72. Born in Peoria, Illinois, Martens studied chemistry at Bradley University and graduated from Loyola University’s School of Dentistry. After serving in the US Army Dental Corps, he earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of Minnesota and in 1969 joined the Division of Health Ecology at the School of Dentistry. There he helped shape a new era for dental public health, directing several novel, highly visible programs. His research and publications spanned the fields of epidemiology, dental public health and care delivery, and microbiology. His research drew attention to dental office water supply contamination, and he held several patents for developing safer dental equipment. Over the years, he directed the Division of Health Ecology and chaired the Department of Preventive Science, but his first passion was teaching. Martens was known for his ease of delivery and his use of humor to make critical, complex issues clear to his students. His second passion was horse racing, or as he called it, “the sport of kings.” He and his partners were most proud of Canterbury Downs Hall of Fame horse Northbound Pride. He gave generously to myriad charities, was a School of Dentistry Century Club Life Member, and a U of M Presidents Club member. He is survived by his four children and six and one half grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the charity of choice.