Inaugural John E. Martin Fellowship Awarded

John E. Martin returned from Vietnam with what we now recognize as PTSD, and like many vets past and present he developed concurrent issues with substance abuse.  Mid-life, however, he conquered both, and he returned to school to become a substance abuse counselor before his life tragically ended. 

His dream of improving access to and the quality of mental healthcare for all lives on in the form of the John E. Martin Memorial Fellowship established by his family, including Michael P. Martin (MBA ’09). The fellowship is designed to support young leaders in their efforts to improve the manner in which mental healthcare is structured and delivered. 

No stranger to giving back, Michael has raised substantial amounts for causes through his ultra-marathons.  On May 6th, Martin flew in from Singapore where he works for Chevron to personally award the inaugural fellowship to Danielle Spoor, a dual masters candidate at the School of Public Health and the School of Social Welfare at UC-Berkeley.  Spoor will use the fellowship to study and recommend ways to improve access to mental healthcare in her home community of Gualala, CA, a town with limited access to mental healthcare services that was recently struck with multiple tragedies.

The Martin family is building on the momentum of the first award with a campaign to permanently endow the Fellowship.  Their goal is to raise $100,000 by July 29, 2015 on what would have been John E. Martin’s 65th birthday.  With 60% of the goal met, the family is matching the next $20,000 in donations dollar for dollar. 

To donate please go here.