Dr. Martin B. Solomon Jr.
Tuesday 8th of August 1933 - Saturday 1st of February 2020
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.
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.
Mercedes Grate Munnerlynsays
My thoughts and prayers are with his family members. May you have moments of peace and comfort as you celebrate his legacy.
My deepest sympathies to his family and friends for such an accomplished man who departed this life so unexpectedly. He will be greatly missed.
R Elizabeth Solomonsays
Thank you for your kind words Rabbi.
Rabbi Mordechai Ephraim Schwabsays
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.