Rufus Russell Martin Jr.

March 3, 1936April 10, 2014

Dr. Rufus Russell Martin Jr. of Madison, age 78, husband of Mary Ann Martin for 53 years, passed away peacefully on April 10, 2014 with family by his side. He lived a long and full life, was beloved by his family and friends, and enjoyed volunteering in the Madison community. Russ was born on March 3, 1936 in Atlanta, GA to Rufus Russell Martin and his wife Grace Moody Martin. He shone brightly from a young age and entered Yale University at 16, graduating in 1956. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1960. He married Mary Ann Iannotti in Providence, Rhode Island in 1961. He was stationed at Bangor, Maine, where he served as a Captain in the US Air Force. Russ and Mary Ann then moved to Augusta, GA for him to complete his residency specializing in internal medicine and infectious diseases. From there it was on to Indianapolis, where Russ served as associate professor of medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. They next moved to Houston, where he was a tenured professor at the Baylor College of Medicine and an adjunct professor at Rice University. In addition to publishing many scientific research papers in peer-reviewed journals, Russ conducted scientific experiments with NASA and the Apollo-Soyuz space mission. In 1983, Russ began work in the private sector, as a director and vice president at Bristol-Myers Squibb, and later Hybridon. At Bristol-Myers he pioneered ground-breaking research in AIDS therapies, developing drugs which are still used today to treat HIV. Russ was a member of numerous national medical organizations. Russ spent many hours giving back to the community, serving as president of The Madison Lion’s Club and volunteering with Madison Community Services. He was a parishioner at St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Men Over 60 Club, and the Keyart’s Klamberers Hiking Club. Russ is survived by his wife Mary Ann; his children Karen Martin Hawes and her husband Arthur, Rufus Russell III and his wife Susan Kirr, and John and his wife Kelli; grandchildren Will, Mary Katherine and Julia Hawes, and brother Joseph Martin and his wife Helen, and brother- and sister-in-law Harry and Judy Iannotti. Funeral services will be held on Monday April 14 at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church in Madison. The burial will be at West Cemetery in Madison followed by a reception at the Madison Beach Hotel. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Madison Lions Club, PO Box 99, Madison CT 06443.


  • Funeral Service Monday, April 14, 2014
  • Burial Monday, April 14, 2014

Rufus Russell Martin Jr.

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mary ann welch

July 13, 2014

Dr. Martin hired me in Indpls to work for him in his lab at the IU Medical Center. He was such a kind and thorough teacher that I stayed in research for the next 25 years, thinking of him often. Dr. Martin adored his family and mentioned them often. He made a real difference in my life and I'll always be grateful to him. May God bless him and his family. Mary Ann Welch

Cousin Debbie

April 14, 2014

My prayers and thoughts are with you all during this very difficult time. I have wonderful memories of this gentle husband, loving father & grandfather. Russ was special in many ways and will be greatly missed by all.

April 14, 2014

Such a kind caring gentleman. You have the thoughts and prayers of our family.

April 14, 2014

There are no words kind enough, loving enough , or comforting enough to express our heartfelt thoughts that are with you and your family during this most difficult time.
May the many lovely memories of this glorious husband and father be a constant reminder of the life he lived.
cousin Kathleen & Bob

April 13, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless you and your family through this difficult time.
The Smiths
Todd, Tracee, and Hailee

April 12, 2014

The Smiths send their thoughts and prayers to a great man and a wonderful family. Bless you all.