Doris Rosemary Martin, 79, a retired vocational rehabilitation counselor, died Saturday (Sept. 22, 2001) in Millard Fillmore Hospital after an extended illness.
Born Doris Rosemary Cox in St. Louis, she earned a bachelor's degree in education from Harris Teachers College in St. Louis.
She came to Buffalo in 1944 and taught for 10 years in the Maryvale and Sweet Home school districts, then pursued a second career as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, earning her master's degree in vocational rehabilitation from the University of Buffalo in 1957 after the birth of her fifth child.
She also earned a certificate in administration for nursing homes and health-related facilities from Cornell University.
One of the first local advocates for removing architectural barriers affecting the handicapped, she worked at the Erie County Home and Infirmary and at Erie County Medical Center, retiring in 1985.
In 1968, she received the first Human Renewal Award for the programs she started to help people make the transition from institutional living to independent homes. She received a certificate of appreciation from the New York State Association for Retarded Children in 1976.
She served on the boards of directors for the John Howard Society and the Rehabilitation Association of Western New York and the steering committees for the Erie County Recreation Department and the Buffalo Association for the Blind.
She also was a member of the National Rehabilitation Association and the National Rehabilitation Administration Association. She was a former member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church and its Altar and Rosary Society and choir. She was the first president of the Buffalo School 80 PTA.
She enjoyed gardening, painting and sewing.
She and her husband, Dr. Thomas J. Martin, a physician, were married in 1942. He died in 1969.
Surviving are two daughters, Judith of Buffalo and Kathleen Martin-Fanning of Juneau, Alaska; three sons, Thomas of Buffalo, Robert of Waterloo, Ont., and Timothy of San Mateo, Calif.; a brother, Berthold V. Cox of Chillicothe, Ill.; and 10 grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga, after prayers at 10 in Dietrich Funeral Home, 2480 Kensington Ave., Snyder. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.