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In Memoriam

Remembering James Martin, MD

James Nello Martin, Jr., MD, age 74, longtime resident of Jackson, Mississippi and recent resident of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, died peacefully at home on, September 10, 2021, surrounded by his family. A past-president of SMFM (2001) and a Maternal-Fetal Medicine subspecialist, Dr. Martin served the field of women's health for 48 years through his role as a clinical researcher and author, as a teacher of medical students, residents and MFM fellows, and as a leader in OBGYN organizations. 

While grateful for the numerous awards received, Dr. Martin simply sought to serve God and his patients through the calling which brought him much delight. He valued enormously the relationships forged in the delivery room, the seminar room, live and virtual lecture halls and meeting rooms, and in hospital hallways, finding those interactions a source of joy and a path toward his goal of the highest quality of attention and care for every expectant mother.

Among Jim's greatest joys were family time at home or traveling with Gloria, interacting with his children and grandchildren and siblings, conversations with friends, and working to tend the landscape surrounding the family home in Jackson. 

As a longtime member of Northminster Baptist Church, where he found cherished friends, Jim served three terms as Deacon, including two terms as Chair, and was a faithful member of the Mary Foose Sunday School Class. When Jim and Gloria moved to Arbor Acres Retirement Community in Winston-Salem at the end of 2020, there were more friendships to enjoy, and more times with grandchildren to savor. Learn more about Dr. Martin's life and the people who loved him most here.

A donation to the Foundation for SMFM is one way to honor a SMFM member who has died. Your gift to the Foundation is an investment in the future of maternal-fetal medicine. Each gift advances pregnancy care through research scholarships, global initiatives in patient care and scientific endeavors, grants for clinical education, and mentorship in training the next generation of clinicians and scientists involved in improving pregnancy care. Once a financial gift is received, the Foundation will send a card to the family acknowledging your gift.

If you would like to notify SMFM staff that a MFM colleague has passed away, please read our In Memoriam policy and email smfm@smfm.org with the proper information.

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