Alan Martinson, 83, of DuPont

S. Alan Martinson
S. Alan Martinson
Posted: October 16, 2013

S. Alan Martinson, 83, formerly of Upper Providence Township, Delaware County, died Thursday, Oct. 3, of cardiac arrest at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Va.

He had been vacationing with his wife, Marlyn, in Williamsburg, Va., when he was stricken, his family said.

Mr. Martinson was born in Fargo, N.D. His family moved often during the Depression, finally settling in Duluth, Minn.

After graduating from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, he married Bernice D. Johnson in 1953. The couple moved here and settled in Upper Providence.

Mr. Martinson worked for the DuPont Co. in Wilmington for his entire career. He was a pioneer in computer science, helping DuPont find ways to harness the technology for improved business performance.

He authored many papers, book chapters, and a book on operations research and the use of computers in business management.

Mr. Martinson was married to Bernice for 41 years; she died in 1994. Two years later, he married Marlyn McCay.

"Al was an interesting and intriguing man," said his son, Brian. "He was full of life, ideas, opinions, and energy, and had an unbridled enthusiasm to learn new things his entire life."

It was common for his father to keep pen and paper close by when reading so he could jot down new things, Brian Martinson said.

He loved to travel, with camera and pen. When he returned home, he wrote a narrative and showed slides about his trips to China, India, Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, South America, Australia, and Africa.

He was devoted to White Horse Village in Newtown Square, where he moved in 2005.

He was active in his church, local government, and community organizations. For many years Mr. Martinson served as an advocate for battered and abused women and men in the Delaware County court system.

He also helped organize and write a history of Upper Providence, and authored genealogies of the Martinson, Johnson, and Campbell families.

Surviving, besides his wife and son, are stepdaughters Sally McCay, Carole McCay, and Joanne Thomas; a sister; two grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at Reformation Lutheran Church, 102 W. Rose Tree Rd., Media, Pa. 19063. Contributions may be made to the church.



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