Ben Martin, Jr.

Benson (Ben) Bennett Martin, Jr., associate professor emeritus of equine sports medicine at Penn Vet, died on March 18 after a long illness. He was 68 years old.

Dr. Martin was a pioneer in sports medicine and a specialist in equine surgery, working his 34-year veterinary career at New Bolton Center, the large animal hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet).

Dr. Martin was born in Greenwich, Connecticut and graduated from Fairfield Prep, then served in the United States Navy in Vietnam. He graduated from the University of Connecticut, and in 1980, was awarded his VMD from Penn Vet. After completing an internship and a large animal surgery residency, Dr. Martin became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

During Dr. Martin’s 34-year career as a faculty member at New Bolton Center, he served as the director of the Jeffords High Speed Treadmill facility and the Equine Performance Clinic. He was an integral member of Penn Vet’s Admissions Committee for many years and mentored many veterinary students. He retired from the Penn Vet faculty in 2014.

Dr. Martin was the consummate horseman, having grown up in the horse business. He worked in Thoroughbred racing for his uncle, Hall of Fame trainer James W. Maloney, and later at Calumet Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, as well as in the show horse world. Dr. Martin traveled throughout the world, but chose the north shore of Kauai and Hanalei Bay as his second home.

Dr. Martin is survived by his brothers, Bruce and Robert Martin, and their wives, Debi and Sue; his sisters, Eve and Laurie; and his sister-in-law, Maria. He also leaves behind three nephews, Glenn, Robert, and Mark Miserocchi; a niece, Allyson Giordano; a godson, Edward van Eps; and his life partner, Ginny Reef, New Bolton Center chief of sports medicine and imaging.

Contributions can be made in Dr. Martin’s memory for student scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Please make checks payable to the “Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania” and mail to New Bolton Center Development Office, 382 West Street Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348.