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The June B. Martin'40 and Edgar W. Martin Memorial Lecture

A $1 million bequest from alumna June Bjorklund Martin’40 has become a part of the Miller Upton Memorial Endowments. In recognition of this significant support for the Miller Upton Forum and related programs, the College has named the Forum’s annual keynote lecture in memory of June Martin and her late husband Edgar, whose shared history began 70 years ago at Beloit College.

In September 1939, Edgar W. Martin, a Ph.D. candidate in economics, joined Beloit’s faculty as an instructor in the department of economics. June Bjorklund, the only female economics major in the class of 1940, was registered for a number of Martin’s classes that fall, and her transcript reports that she was a star student. Bjorklund was elected to Phi Beta Kappa later that year and went on after graduation to earn a masters degree at the University of Michigan. Professor Martin continued on the faculty at Beloit until he entered army service in 1942, the same year he was granted a Ph.D. degree in economics by the University of Chicago.

During the war years, Martin and Bjorklund began a correspondence that blossomed into a romance and an engagement. After they married in 1946, the couple moved to Albany, N.Y., where June became active in Republican electoral politics, and they both pursued distinguished professional careers as senior economic researchers and analysts on the staff of the New York state legislature. June Martin was awarded a Distinguished Service Citation by the Beloit College Alumni Association in 1970. 

For more about the Martins, please visit https://magazine.beloit.edu.