Uzal Hopkins Martz, Jr
October 20, 1934 – January 19, 2021
Uzal was born on October 20, 1934, in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Zerbey Martz (née Zerbey) and Uzal Hopkins Martz.
Uzal graduated from Pomona College with a BA in physics and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a BS in electrical engineering. He continued his education at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, where he earned an MS in industrial management.
After graduating from MIT, Uzal became a test engineer for the Missiles and Space Division of General Electric. He worked for Corning Glass Works, then Standard Oil of NJ (Exxon) before becoming the only non-lawyer legislative assistant for the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee in 1965.
In 1968, he returned to Pottsville to work for the business founded by his grandfather in 1884, JH Zerbey Newspapers, Inc. He was President, CEO, CFO and Publisher of the Pottsville REPUBLICAN & Evening Herald, a daily with circulation of 35,000. Under his guidance, the newspaper was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 1979.
Over his many years of service to newspaper organizations, he was elected president or chairman of: The Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association, The Pennsylvania Associated Press Publishers Association, The American Newspaper Publishers Association, The Newspaper Association of America, and The International Newspaper Financial Executives. He was elected to the Associated Press Board in 2000, where he served until his retirement in 2003.
Uzal was a founding director of the Pottsville Area Development Corporation (PADCO). He sat on the board of the Schuylkill County Economic Development Corporation and the Hawk Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He happily played “second fiddle” to his wife, Jun, on the board of the Schuylkill Symphony Orchestra. He was was an active lay leader in First United Methodist Church of Pottsville.
Most of all, Uzal was a dedicated husband to Jun (née Carroll Jun Briscoe). He was a hero to his sons, Cameron Leigh Martz (wife, Dana) and Eric Brandon Martz (wife, Tara Striano). He was a constant presence of joy in the life of his granddaughter, Trinity Briscoe Martz. He was the loving brother of JoHanne Zerbey Martz.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Triangle/Eastern NC Chapter of the JDRF, Attn: Triangle Market, 105 Westpark Drive #415, Brentwood, TN 37027. You may also make donations through our JDRF One Walk team page at teamtrini.com.