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Dr. Marie Y. Martin holds open
house for the local press upon
assuming the presidency of Los
Angeles Valley College
Va11ey's first Woman president
'll never dreamed I would one day become
a college presidentf' said Dr. Marie Martin
shortly after she was appointed head of Valley
College. Expressing excitement over her new
position, she said, 'LTO say the least, I am
"Life7s over-all purpose is productivity in
the sense that each of us Wishes to make the
highest contribution of self to society by using
to the maximum our powers and resources,"
said Dr. Martin, relating her philosophy of
The road that led to her appointment as
Valley's first woman president was a thorny
one. Educators in the field advised her to choose
another course instead of administration. alt
was suggested to me," Dr. Martin said, "by
members of the doctoral committee at USC not
to write my doctoral dissertation on adminis-
tration, because this field was almost entirely
limited to menf'
Instead, she chose a second subject, "Work
Experience Programs in Los Angeles High
Schools." This choice eventually played a part
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Upright mon, leaning tower.
President McNelis continues his
tour through Rome.
At last, a vacation
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Between appointments, Dr. Martin
halts her busy schedule to tcllk
with students over cn friendly
cup of coffee.
in securing her position in 1951 when she be-
came dean of instruction at Los Angeles City
'LA Woman has the same opportunity as a
man to pursue a career," she said. 'Ll-Iovvever,
a career makes demands that in turn call for
sacrifices, and in a woman's case it is usually
the home and leisure life that feel the fpinchf 1'
She was graduated from the University of
California and prepared herself for a skilled
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job in industry. MOH my first job I worked six
days a week, with no coffee breaks nor after-
noons off, for what was then a big salary-
S65 a month."
The gracious Dr. Martin filled a demanding
post heading a day staff of 166 faculty members
and 266 evening faculty members educating a
student body of 13,000. But even this responsi-
bility left her "With energy to spare most days."
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