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Alice Lloyd College is saddened to announce the passing of Dr. Lowell Dean Martin, known affectionately as “Little Doc.”  Dr. Martin passed away on January 8, 2024, at the age of 90 in Atlanta, GA.  He fulfilled a lifetime of service according to The Purpose Road Philosophy, as he selflessly served East Kentucky for 47 years in the medical profession.

Dr. Martin was a 1951 graduate of Garrett High School and earned an Associate’s Degree from Caney Junior College in 1953. He was awarded a Caney Cottage Scholarship to attend the University of Kentucky and later, finished a Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Louisville in 1959.

Dr. Martin was faithful and loyal to his alma mater, Alice Lloyd College, through his service as a member of the Board of Trustees for 50 years. Dr. Martin’s leadership and dedication were instrumental in leading the College to its highly regarded status among private liberal arts colleges. In 2010, he was named Alumnus of the Year.

Dr. Martin’s passion for medicine was evident throughout his career.  He began practicing at Beaver Valley Hospital in 1962 and later continued his medical practice at the Martin Clinic and Our Lady of the Way Hospital from 1967 until his retirement in 2009.  His impact on healthcare in the Appalachian region was immeasurable, and he was widely regarded as one of the most beloved and respected physicians in Eastern Kentucky.

Beyond his medical career, Dr. Martin was known for his vibrant personality and diverse interests.  He was an avid storyteller, always eager to share tales about Mrs. Lloyd, Miss June, and his experiences on Caney Creek.  Dr. Martin’s love for the Appalachian Mountains and the communities he served was unwavering.

In accordance with Dr. Martin’s wishes, he will be cremated in Atlanta, GA, where he resided at the time of his passing. Instead of a traditional funeral, his family will hold a joyous celebration of life to honor his memory.  Dr. Martin’s ashes will be planted in his favorite hunting and fishing spots on the farm.

In remembrance of Little Doc, donations may be made to the Dr. Lowell D. Martin Memorial Endowed Scholarship fund at Alice Lloyd College. You can visit to make your donation. Select the Dr. Lowell D. Martin Memorial Scholarship under the gift designation. Checks can be written to Alice Lloyd College with the Dr. Lowell D. Martin Memorial Scholarship in the memo.