Dr. Martin B. Solomon Jr.

Tuesday 8th of August 1933 - Saturday 1st of February 2020

Dr. Martin B. Solomon Jr.

Marty Solomon, 86, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 1, 2020. 

Marty was born in Chicago, IL, raised in Louisville, KY and attended the University of Kentucky. After serving as Captain in the Air Force he returned to Louisville to operate a business with his parents. He then returned to Lexington and earned his PhD from the University of Kentucky. He taught computer science classes and was soon promoted to Director of the UK Computing Center, where he worked and raised his family for 20 years. In the early days of his career, he co-authored several text books on computer programming. He continued his 40-year career at The Ohio State University, the University of South Carolina and finally retired from the University of Utah. After a short stay in South Carolina, he moved back to Lexington and enjoyed a very active retirement, involving himself in a myriad of causes and interests. He was treasurer of the Palomar Hills Homeowners Association, served on various community panels and focus groups and Lexington Herald-Leader readers will recognize his name from the frequent op-eds he wrote pointing out the fallacies of charter schools and water rate hikes.

 

Marty had a voracious appetite for reading, learning, helping others, mentoring and was an advocate for improved public education systems and children’s health. He loved life, his friends, his family, traveling, playing bridge, the Lexington community and was a gifted painter.

 

He is preceded in death by his mother, Beatrice (Neufeld) Solomon and father, Martin B. Solomon, Sr., his daughter Michaelle Beatrice Solomon, and youngest brother Bernard "Bunny" Solomon.

He is survived by his daughter Robin Elizabeth Solomon, grandson Matthew Alexander Stanton, younger brother Michael Solomon and 30-year companion Janice P. Rivers. 

 

All are welcome to attend a memorial service to celebrate his life on Sunday, February 9, 2020, 5:30 pm at Temple Adath Israel: 124 N Ashland Avenue, Lexington, KY 40502. Following the service will be a Gathering of Consolation in the social hall at the Temple.

 

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests donations to The American Cancer Society, Temple Adath Israel and/or Ohavay Zion Synagogue.

Guest Book

Philip Bryan

says

Marty gave me my first real job, in the Computing Center at the University of Kentucky. I learned my first high-level computer language from his book. I am forever indebted to him for his kindness to me and those who worked for him. He was a very fine man and he will be greatly missed by me and those who had the privilege of knowing him. I could say much more, but I will just tell you that he had a profound influence on my life and I miss knowing that he is there.

7 months ago

Mercedes Grate Munnerlyn

says

My thoughts and prayers are with his family members. May you have moments of peace and comfort as you celebrate his legacy.

7 months ago

Michael Shade

says

My deepest sympathies to his family and friends for such an accomplished man who departed this life so unexpectedly. He will be greatly missed.

7 months ago

R Elizabeth Solomon

says

Thank you for your kind words Rabbi.

7 months ago

Rabbi Mordechai Ephraim Schwab

says

B"H My cousin shared with me a bit about his dear friend, Marty, a couple weeks before he passed away. Although I didn't know Marty personally, based on his obituary and my cousin's description of him, it is evident he was a great man who cared about his family, his community and humanity. In short, our world has a noticeable void without Dr. Martin B Solomon Jr. in it.

7 months ago