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Andrew Franklin Martin

"Great talkers are never great doers." - 1919 Redskin

"A man of work, wife, and winnings." - 1920 Redskin

 

 

A native of Sallisaw, OK, A. Frank Martin attended school in Tahlequah before enrolling at Oklahoma A&M College. He graduated from OAMC in 1920 with a degree in Education, and earned a master's degree in 1925.

In World War I, Brother Martin played in the same military band as William Coppedge. He married Grace Faye Aikins in 1919 in Nebraska. After his graduation, Brother Martin became the principal at Altus High School for two years and the superintendent of Carnegie Public Schools for two more.  After his tenure at Carnegie, he returned to Stillwater to complete his master's degree and then took over as superintendent of Yale Public Schools until 1929. Following a brief tenure in Pauls Valley, Brother Martin returned to Stillwater for good in 1931 as part of OAMC President Henry Bennett's staff.

During his career at OAMC, Brother Martin served as the clerk of the Stadium Corporation, secretary of the Alumni Association, director of student entertainment, and YMCA director.  He was serving as the director of student employment upon his retirement from the school in 1955. 

Brother Martin served Kappa Kappa Psi as the first Grand President of the Fraternity from 1919-22, and then for 25 years as its third national executive secretary from 1939 to 1964.  For many years, the national headquarters of the Fraternity was operated from the Martins' attic, until office space was acquired on the Oklahoma State University campus. His tenure and service to the Fraternity saw him acquire the nickname "Mr. Kappa Kappa Psi." Brother Martin is one of three individuals to be honored as an Honorary Life Grand President, and he received the Distinguished Service to Music Medal with his wife Grace in 1965 for their service to the Fraternity. Brother Martin was also made a Life Member of the Board of Trustees in that same year.

Brother Martin was also a key figure in the founding of Tau Beta Sigma, helping the original group at Texas Tech with their endeavors and easing the transition to a national organization. In honor of his efforts to establish the national organization and the combined efforts of both Brother Martin and his wife in the operations of the national office, Tau Beta Sigma renamed the award for its outstanding chapter the Grace and A. Frank Martin Chapter Leadership Award in 1999.

In his personal life, Brother Martin was involved in many organizations, including the Rotary, the Boy Scouts, the Gideons, the Masonic Lodge, the American Legion, the International Organization of Odd Fellows, and University Heights Baptist Church. He and Grace had three children: Mildred, Frances (who served as the fourth National President of Tau Beta Sigma), and Major A. Frank Martin Jr. (who was killed in a military airplane accident near Okinawa in 1954 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery).

Brother Martin passed away June 9, 1982, at the age of 87. In his honor, Kappa Kappa Psi established the A. Frank Martin Award in 1984 to recognize regionally-known band directors and laymen who have made contributions to the band field. He is buried with his wife Grace in Stillwater.

 

Collegiate Activities

1915-16 Prep School Division 2
  Military Band (Pvt., Saxophone)
   
1916-17 Military Band (Cpl.)
  Freshman Class President (2nd Semester)
  Chi Alpha Social Club
   
1917-18 Asst. Editor, Orange and Black Newspaper
  College Band (Saxophone)
  Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity
   
1918-19 2nd Class Musician, United States Navy Band
  Military Band (Principal Musician - Baritone Sax)
  Silver Pin
  Editor, 1919 Redskin Yearbook
  Orange and Black Newspaper Staff
  Junior Representative, Student Senate
  Junior Class Vice President (2nd Semester)
  Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity
   
1919-20 CHARTER MEMBER, KAPPA KAPPA PSI
          Ritual Committee
          Degree Oaths Committee
          Grand President
          Vice President, Alpha Chapter
  College Band (Saxophone)
  Regimental Band (Bandleader)
  Managing Editor, 1920 Redskin Yearbook
  Social Editor, Orange and Black Newspaper
  Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity
  Interfraternity Council
  "Wildcats" Spirit Group
  Student Senate
  Vice President, Education Society
  YMCA Cabinet
  Student Assistant in Shops