New York, NY (October 5, 2004)–The world of Pro Audio lost one of its pioneers on September 23 with the death of Bruce Patrick Martin. His accidental death occurred in the course of the performance of his duties with the Ocean Bay Park Water Company.
Bruce was the founder of Martin Audio, one of the first and largest pro audio dealerships in the 1970s and 80s, but his career began in the 60s as a student at Columbia University where he helped to rebuild the school radio station, WKCR-FM. His company began with his invention of the Martin Vari-Speed, a device allowed recording engineers to alter the speed of the tape recorders used at that time. He also designed and built recording consoles for a number of very prestigious recording studios in the states and in the Caribbean.
“The first new recording board I ever used was built by Bruce Martin for a studio in NY,” said Mike Bogen, the former vice-president and general manager of Martin Audio. With his partner, Norman Kassel, Martin expanded Martin Audio to the point where it handled products from over 300 manufacturers, and employed over 60 people. In the days before computers were commonplace, Bruce created a company-wide network and wrote a suite of programs to handle the company’s needs. Bruce and Norman had the ability to combine commerce and compassion in a unique fashion. The business was sold to Video Services Corp in 1989.
In recent years, Martin was a commissioner in the Ocean Bay Park Fire Department on New York’s Fire Island where he lived. He was also the president of the Ocean Bay Park Water Company. He applied his creative and technical skills to designing and installing a very sophisticated remote computerized water testing and measuring system to control leakage and billing. His innovations have been emulated in countries around the world.
Bruce Martin’s intellectual skills were balanced with a sense of honesty, decency, and kindness. He leaves a legacy of leadership and dedication to the people he served.
–Dick Maitland and Mike Bogen