Professor Wallace Martin was presented with a Faculty Certificate of Appreciation
at the Society of Alumni Fall Workshop on Friday, September 7, 2012. The award was
presented by Robert Lambeth ’71, chair of the Society of Alumni’s Awards Committee.
Martin, the Stephen H. Watts Professor of Biology at Randolph-Macon College, joined
the faculty in 1971 and was named chair of the biology department in 1974. He is
considered an expert in the field of mycology, a sub-discipline of microbiology
that deals with the study of fungi. He has conducted groundbreaking research on
saprophytic fungi as well as parasitic species important in the natural control
of mosquitos, midges and blackflies. Martin earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in
Biology and his Ph.D. in Botany from the University of North Carolina at Chapel
At a retirement luncheon earlier this year, Biology Professor Chas. Gowan lauded
Martin by saying, “Undergraduate research is dear to his heart and he has mentored
dozens of students. His real legacy is in the form of all those students and all
the hours of research.”
Randolph-Macon College thanks Wallace for the positive impact he has had on countless
students, and for his unflagging service to the college.