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Edley "Wain" Wainright Martin

29 April, 192718 October, 2018

Edley Wainright “Wain” Martin, Jr., age 91, of Bloomington, passed away on Thursday (10/18) at Bell Trace Health and Living Center. Born April 29, 1927 in Texarkana, Texas, he was the son of Edley Wainright Martin, Sr. and Catherine (Smith) Martin. Wain served in the U.S. Navy while at Georgia Tech where he received an electrical engineering degree. He was also a distinguished alumnus of Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. Wain went on to receive both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Ohio State University. It was at Ohio State where he met his wife Charlene (Studor), and they were married in 1950. Wain was an early leader in the field of business computing, which would later become Management Information Systems (or MIS). While working for IBM in the 1950s, he was part of the team that established Indiana University’s first computer data center. He was hired by the School of Business of Indiana University as an Associate Professor in 1956 and became a full Professor of Business Administration in 1961. While at Indiana University, Wain authored several important books and textbooks on business computing. These included Electronic Data Processing: An Introduction (1961), Mathematics for Decision Making (1969), Computers and Information Systems: An Introduction (1973), FORTRAN for Business Students (1981), and Managing Information Technology: What the Manager Needs to Know (1991). After retiring from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in 1991, he helped found New Leaf - New Life in 2005 and led the organization as a volunteer for a number of years. This included the popular Jail Bingo program he established inside the Monroe County Correctional Center. Through New Leaf, Wain was deeply involved in transformative justice in the local Bloomington community, helping many citizens break the cycle of repeated imprisonment. His favorite saying was “never tire of doing good.” This was more than a slogan for Wain as it reflected his view on the importance of service. He won multiple community service awards for his volunteer work including a Be More Award from the City of Bloomington, the Lifetime Achievement Award from New Leaf – New Life, and the Mary Alice Gray Memorial Award from United Way. Wain was a deeply involved, long-time member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church as well as the Bloomington Rotary Club. He was a world traveler, an avid contract bridge player, a passionate sports fan (especially for IU basketball), and was always eager to spend time with family. He pursued a passion for researching and writing his own family history as well as writing memoirs for many of his friends. He is survived by his loving family; a son, Robert Martin of Bloomington; three daughters, Linda Mongold and Nancy Martin, both of Bloomington, and Anne Martin-Ko and husband Chat Hay Ko of Ukiah, California; three grandchildren, Jonathan Mongold and wife Christina of Lafayette, Paul Mongold and partner Nathan Diehl of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Chim Chune Ko of Belmont, California; one great-grandson, Charlie; nieces and nephews including David Meyer and wife Cynthia Neidhart of Bloomington. Wain was predeceased by his parents, his wife, a sister, Mary Jane Fleener, and son-in-law, Greg Mongold. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 4th at 4:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church with visitation beginning at 3:00 p.m. A gathering of family and friends will follow the service. Contributions in Wain’s memory may be given to New Leaf – New Life at P.O. Box 3453, Bloomington, IN 47402 or to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church at 100 N. State Road 46, Bloomington, IN 47408. Online condolences may be given at www.DayDeremiahFrye.com


  • St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.
  • New Leaf – New Life



  • Visitation

    Sunday, 4 November , 2018

  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, 4 November , 2018


  • Gathering of Family and Friends following Memorial Service


Edley "Wain" Wainright Martin

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November 18, 2018

Wain & I grew up together in Conway, Arkansas & graduated from Hendrix College in l947. My parents greatly respected Wain's father who was the investments officer of Hendrix. Wain's father was also my Scout Master for several yrs. Wain was ever a brilliant scholar. When we were both taking a course in Geometry I decided it would greatly improve my performance if I studied with Wain. When I went over to his house for the study session I said, "Wain, we have to memorize the various formulas we will need for the upcoming test." He said, "I'm not memorizing any formulas. If I need a formula I'll just derive it at the time." I realized that I was completely outclassed because I could not even understand the derivation of a formula when the teacher ran through it. So, I went home to memorize the formulas! Wain regularly donated $ to Hendrix so we kept in touch over the yrs. Recently I made a donation to the College in Wain's honor. His last letter to me was a thank-you + updated information on himself. I believe I might be a source of information about our lives in the l930s-1940s. Wain was the most brilliant individual I have ever met. He will be missed. I have never met his children but would be happy to respond to an email if they want to know a little more about life in the early years in Conway.

Judy Schroeder

October 31, 2018

Although I knew Wain from working at the business school in the 1980s, I got to know him much better through the Bloomington Rotary Club. He always asked cogent questions that reflected his keen intelligence and abiding curiosity.
When I became involved with the IU Retirees Association, I got to know another side of Wain. A longtime member of the IURA United Way team, along with Doris Burton and Harriet Pfister, Wain was the official cheerleader, leading us at our meetings in a heartfelt "Go Retirees!"
I asked Wain once why he continued to volunteer for United Way. His answer reflected his humility and his goodness: "Because some people in our community desperately need help."
Wain was a gentle man and a gentleman. I feel fortunate to have been one of his admirers. He will forever remain a role model of a life well lived.
Judy Schroeder

Ira Horowitz

October 29, 2018

Robert, Linda, Nancy, and Anne, you have my sincere condolences on the death of your dad - the wonderful man who hired me in 1960. This was his first faculty appointment as Chair of the QMB department, while also being my first full-time academic job. It was, in fact, a marriage made in heaven. I thoroughly enjoyed my 12 years at Indiana and the relationship my wife and I formed with your dad and mom. Under his tutelage I far surpassed my potential as a teacher and researcher, and continue to enjoy what has been a most rewarding career here at the University of Florida. My fondest memories of my time at Indiana include the many visits and conversations that I had with your grandfather, from which you can infer that our families' relationship went well beyond the academic ties.

I last saw your dad when my wife and I visited Bloomington to attend the memorial service for Vic Cabot, some 20+ years ago, but he's a regular presence in my thoughts and memories and I will be forever in his debt.

With warmest regards,


Timothy Jessen

October 24, 2018

I only knew Wain in his retirement years, and in his later ones. Nevertheless, I think I "knew" him. His service to the guys in jail, his interest in New Leaf, New Life simply exhibited the fruit of his life of involvement to and for others. I also recall his cogent remarks in Sunday School or study classes--and his dry humor! Humility is in scarce supply these days, but Wain surely demonstrated that! But he was never proud of it!He had a certain strain of skepticism that was challenging but also healthy. No one can replace the exact ingredient he brought to every situation, meeting, conversation! When I learned my daughter-in-law (a future Methodist minister) was gong to serve at his beloved Hendrix, I tried to pull more information out of him, but he was always modest about his success and his involvements there. In other words, he never bragged about his achievements, though he had many. But,therefore, they shone all the more brightly. He would disapprove of such praise, but now is the appropriate time to share it. Rest in peace, my friend. Your like will not be seen again.

Robert Fike

October 24, 2018

So sad to hear. It was always so much fun to hang out with Robert with his great Mom and Dad. What a great family!

Richard Wenzler

October 24, 2018

Prayers for the family.
So sad for your loss.

Linda Brady

October 24, 2018

I have considered Wain to be a mentor and dear friend, as well as a friend and supporter of our probation department. Wain was an all-around good guy. When we/probation were operating a juvenile program to address aggression, we needed money for incentives for the youth program participants, but we're not allowed to solicit funds for ethical reasons. So Wain stepped up and donated more than $1,000 towards incentives for our youth. Every time I saw Wain, he always asked if we needed more money or if there was anything he could do for us. He was so kind and thoughtful…

He always left me with his favorite saying….~Never tire of doing good. ~

Markus Dickinson

October 24, 2018

I can't express the impact Wain had on me, serving as a kind and gentle role model for making the world a better place. It is thanks to him that I've been able to have opportunities to help those in jail and to meet wonderful people I wouldn't have been able to otherwise. My life is richer because of Wain, and he will be deeply missed.

Tara Woods Pierson

October 24, 2018

Linda & family,

Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek and the strength that you need to get through the days ahead.

Tara Woods Pierson & Duane Hardwick