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.