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For Immediate Release: St. Matthew’s University Medical School to present the first annual Dr. Richard D. Martin Humanitarian Award

Award created to honor the values of medical student killed while driving classmate home from studying

Tuesday, June 19, 2012, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands - Last year, a St. Matthew’s University medical student, Dr. Richard D. Martin, was killed by a drunk driver while driving a classmate home after a study group session. In his memory, the administrators of St. Matthew’s University have created an annual Dr. Richard D. Martin Humanitarian Award for a student who exemplifies the same passion and qualities that Richard held.

A special selection committee comprised of faculty, administrators and students are reviewing all nominations to select the winner of this prestigious award. Five finalists will be announced during the 1st semester White Coat Ceremony on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 3pm at the medical school campus. The recipient of the award will be announced later that evening, at the St. Matthew’s University Medical School Semi Formal to be held at the Royal Palms restaurant at 8:30 pm. “We are very excited to recognize a student who holds the qualities that St. Matthew’s looks for in our students as they become highly qualified and caring physicians,” said St. Matthew’s Chancellor John Marvin.

This award is accompanied by recognition across the entire St. Matthew’s University Community, a $500 cash prize, and the lifetime prestige of being the first recipient of this honor. “I’m sure my husband never anticipated an award in his honor, but I am appreciative of the ongoing influence he continues to have in the St. Matthew’s community,” said Susan Yee, wife of Martin. “It is a great tribute in perpetuity to my husband.”

About St. Matthew’s University

At the core of the St. Matthew's University School of Medicine mission is a commitment to the success of our students. We are dedicated to achieving our mission by:

HELPING students acquire the judgment and confidence necessary to become competent physicians.

MOTIVATING students to pursue knowledge outside the classroom, both during their tenure at St. Matthew's and throughout life.

CREATING an environment in which students and faculty interact with each other, patients, and the community with compassion and integrity.

ENGAGING faculty and students in the understanding and active practice of research which furthers their knowledge of the process of science and increases their appreciation of the balance between research and the artful practice of medicine.

About the Dr. Richard D. Martin Memorial Fund

Dr. Richard Martin was from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, and held the position of Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Active Data Exchange, a calendar sharing software company. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Nuclear Engineering and summa cum laude with a masters degree in Technology Management and a doctor of science degree in Engineering and Technology Management from Southern California University. He is survived by his wife and 5 children. The Dr. Richard D. Martin Memorial Fund has been created to benefit those in need of healthcare and do not have access or cannot afford it. More information about the purpose and selection criteria of the award, and about Dr. Richard D. Martin, can be found here:

For more information contact:
Susan Yee