Lawrence R. "Larry" Martin Print

Lawrence R. “Larry” Martin

Former Dean of Admissions U/Mass Lowell; well known area golfer;

Lawrence R. “Larry” Martin, 81, of Lowell, died Sunday, April 5th at his home. He was the husband for 48 years of Margaret L. “Maggie” (Brennan) Martin who survives him.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, April 3, 1934, he was the son of the late Lawrence S. and the late Helen (Bagley) Martin. He was the sixth of seven children and as he liked to point out, the only red head.
Larry served as an altar boy at the Immaculate Conception Church and later attended Keith Academy where he was an unlikely basketball star and an “end-man” in their famous minstrel shows. After serving in the Marines during the Korean War, he used the GI bill to complete his BS from Boston College (59’) and later his Masters in education administration from Salem State College.
After a short stint as a golf pro, Larry joined Lowell Technological Institute as an Admissions Officer. Thirty years later he retired as the Dean of Admissions from UMASS Lowell. During those years he guided many students toward their graduation and successful careers.
Throughout his life, Larry was involved in public service including serving as a Lowell City Councilor, Chairman of the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission, and a board member of the Lowell City Tournament Committee and The Owl Diner Charities. In election years he could be seen at the Reilly School holding campaign signs to support his daughter Connie’s School Committee bid.
Known as “Red” on the golf course, his achievements include seven Lowell City Tournament Championships and 14 Vesper Club Championships. His many wins in the Vesper Father/Daughter tournaments are less known but were equally highly prized.
After his retirement, Larry spent most mornings sitting at his regular table at the Owl Diner arguing about local politics, solving the world’s problems with his large circle of friends, many of whom he’d known since grade school. During his final days Larry enjoyed visits from his family and many good friends.
In addition to his wife Maggie, Larry is survived by two daughters Connie A. Martin and Leslie A.  Martin and her husband Matthew Fleming all of Lowell; a sister Mary M. Sayer of Lowell; and a sister-in-law Ruth Martin of Hudson, NH. He was also a favorite uncle to his many nieces and nephews.
He was also brother of the late Ellen L. Martin, the late Ann Keller, the late Alice Bishop, the late John B. Martin and the late Robert Martin.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. from 4 to 8 P.M. Thursday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Friday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH (Lower Church) in Lowell at 11 o’clock. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury.  E-condolences/directions at For anyone wishing to make a donation in Larry's memory , a contribution to his favorite charity would be appreciated. The Owl Diner Charities, c/o To Shanahan, 244 Appleton St, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.


Condolences (6)
  • Mike Donabedian  - My Boss Larry Martin, at Thunderbird Par 3, 1965/6
    Larry, I have not seen you since I was drafted into the Army for Viet Nam. I appreciate the confidence you had in me to run the club restaurant while you were out making business for the club owner. Over these many years you were always in my thoughts. At my going away party at the Thunderbird, you called me "Medic" as though that's what I would be. Sorry to disappoint you, I became an Artillery Officer instead. You were always with me in spirit and thought. I still have your Wilson Staff Executive clubs that you sold me for $35 dollars. I felt your good wisdom, and your golf lessons, every time I held those leather grips. My wife Rosa passed one week earlier than you. Please meet up with her in Heaven so she can bring you up to speed about our lives. Like you and my son, she is a red head also and a good Catholic. Maggie, I remember you from your dating days. God be with you and your children. If you or anyone in your family wants Larry's leather grip Executive clubs, please let me know. God Bless you and your family. Mike Donabedian: 978 772 4050.
  • MaryLou (Burns)Conway  - Long time friend
    Larry, I didn't recognize your picture , there was no red hair. It's been years, but I remember the Immaculate...My brother Tommy has kept me informed , here in Virginia, with paper clippings...You are quite a success in all that you did. I'm not sure what to say as I have been away.....The Owl Diner, did you have a seat next to Mulligan....God Bless you , and the Peace of Our Lord, be with you... Mary-Lou Conway
  • Gil & Marilyn Campbell
    Dear Maggie and family, Gil and I were so sorry to read about Larry's passing . What a great tribute the Lowell Sun gave him. Our deepest sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Marilyn
  • Nancy rivet
    Maggie and Family, My deepest sympathy on your loss Larry. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
  • Philip &Lynne Scannell  - gloucester
    thoughts and prayers. To all we did always enjoy his candor as well being a great competitor.
  • Dr. Tom Maclean
    Colleen and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Larry. Although many years have passed since I have seen him, I remember vividly our rides together from Lowell to Boston College and the humor he always brought to make the ride seem shorter than it was. He especially loved to tease Maryann Maloney who was never ready when we went to pick her up and then put on her makeup in his car!!! We will remember him in church as well as Maggie.
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