Robert L. Martin
Robert L. Martin
Hometown: Ridgewood, NJ
Team: Swimming & Diving

Robert L. Martin '64
Hometown:
Ridgewood, NJ
Sport:
Swimming & Diving
Year Inducted:
1979

Robert L. Martin ’64, one of the most versatile swimmers ever to perform in Colgate Hoyt Pool, was New England champion in the 200 individual medley three years in a row, setting a New England record for the event with a 2:13.3 clocking in 1962 and getting it down to 2:05.5 in his senior year. Martin was a breaststroke swimmer his sophomore year, a backstroker as a junior, a freestyler as a senior, and was individual medley swimmer all three years. He set individual New England and Brown records in the 100 and 200 freestyle, the 160 and the 200 individual medley, and as a member of the 400 freestyle relay team. Additional Brown marks were established in the 200 backstroke and the 400 medley relay. Bob Martin came to Brown from Ridgewood High in New Jersey, where he captained the swimming team. After watching him in the tank for a few weeks, Coach Joe Watmough predicted that “this boy can be the best swimmer Brown has ever had by the time he is a senior.” In the years that have passed, Watmough has had no reason to second guess himself on this statement. “For the pure combination of ability and versatility, there have been few swimmers in this area than Bob Martin. He competed against the best – and he beat the best. And he never stopped trying to improve. His times got better each year.” Martin’s three-year won-lost record was as follows: 50-freestyle (7-0), 100-freestyle (12-2), 200-individual medley (19-4), 200-backstroke (11-2), 160-freestyle (1-0), 400-freestyle relay (15-0), and 400-medley relay (14-0). That’s a varsity record of 79-8. Martin captained the Bruins in his senior season, was a double winner in every event, and did a third leg of 48.8 with the freestyle relay unit of Dave Laney, Tom Warner, and Paul Kinloch to help the Bruins beat a good Penn team, 51-44. Bob Martin is a director of Bell Telephone Laboratories in Whippany, N.J.