Dr. William J. Martin to receive county United Way humanitarian award

Dr. William J. Martin, a long-time community philanthropist and Lycoming County United Way board member, has been honored as the recipient of the Douglas C. Dickey Humanitarian Award, according to a news release from the organization.

The award is the group’s highest honor and will be presented to Martin at its annual meeting and awards event, which begins at 5 p.m. May 5 at the Holiday Inn, 100 Pine St.

The award has been given annually since 1947 to individuals whose dedication, commitment and outstanding leadership have made a major contribution to the welfare of Lycoming County. In 1997 it was renamed to honor the memory of Douglas C. Dickey, a former president of the Lycoming County United Way, who was among the passengers lost in the crash of TWA Flight 800.

“As a past award recipient, I am pleased to welcome Bill Martin into a group of honorees who have dedicated their lives to service in our community and to our organization,” said Ron Frick, current president of the LCUW.

“Bill has been a long-time donor and board leader and has served our resource development, personnel and strategic planning efforts. He has also served as a member of our Executive Committee and chaired our board for several years. His guidance and wisdom on a great many topics has been instrumental in helping transform our organization over almost a decade,” Frick added.

A long-time employee of both the Williamsport Area School District and the Pennsylvania College of Technology, Martin is known for his work in education and the arts, having been involved in the development, construction and operation of the Community Arts Center.

Martin praised the time that he has spent working with the United Way.

“The nearly ten years that I have been with Lycoming County United Way have been informative and fulfilling,” he said.

“Lycoming County United Way is an incredible organization that impacts the lives of so many local people. To be recognized with this award is both humbling and gratifying”, he added.

Dr. Kent Trachte, chairman of the United Way Board and president of Lycoming College, expressed his pleasure at Martin’s nomination for the award.

“I have appreciated Bill’s wisdom and leadership since I arrived here in Williamsport and am honored to call him a friend and colleague,” Trachte said.

In addition to his work with the LCUW, Martin serves on the boards of the Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation, the Community Arts Center, Firetree Place and the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority.

A lifelong resident of Lycoming County, Martin graduated from the Williamsport Area High School, Lycoming College and The Pennsylvania State University. After finishing his formal career at Penn College in 2011, Martin continued to support and work for the college.

He has also received awards from the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, State of Israel Bonds, Susquehanna Council Boy Scouts of America, Lycoming College and the Lycoming County Brotherhood Alliance. Martin was awarded the Vision Award by the Community Arts Center and, in 2011, the theater at the Community Arts Center was renamed the William J. Martin Theatre in his honor.

The public is invited to attend the event which celebrates the accomplishments of the organization as well as recognizing employees, companies and volunteers.

Proceeds from the event will be used to support LCUW programs. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Lycoming County United Way office at 570-323-9448, by visiting their website, www.lcuw.org/tickets or by email at cstammel@lcuw.org.