Lewis and Cheryl Martin - Following in the Footsteps of Florence Smith
Lewis K. Martin II, M.D. was so strapped for cash in medical school that he feared he couldn’t buy the microscope he was required to own. To save money he didn’t purchase a car until he was 27 years old. As the first college graduate in his family, the Roanoke native’s money worries were eased by receiving a scholarship from the Florence L Smith Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. The scholarship “basically covered tuition for me” at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Dr. Martin recalls. He graduated from medical school in 1967 and went on to have a successful career in Winchester as a radiologist. He has worked during his lifetime to repay the favor of receiving the Smith Scholarship by helping others. He has done mission work in hospitals in Kenya and Vietnam.
After monitoring how the Hampton Roads Community Foundation handled the Florence L. Smith Fund, in 2005 Dr. Martin and his wife, Cheryl, created a scholarship fund at the Foundation to benefit Virginia students attending their alma maters — UVA School of Medicine, Davidson College, Salem College and Salem Academy. “I thought if you can do that good with Miss Smith’s money, then this is a place where my wife and I want to leave our money,” Dr. Martin says.