Martin Wyand

Obituary of Martin Wyand

Martin Judd Wyand, age 86, was born in Greenwich, CT, on May 28, 1931, to Charles and Marian Wyand. He died on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at home after a full and meaningful life. Martin grew up in State College and attended the local schools. He graduated from the State College High School in 1949. He played varsity football and sang in the acapella choir. He was active in Thespians, both as an actor and stage manager, and was editor-in-chief of the high school newspaper.

Martin attended the University of Michigan, in his freshman year and transferred to Penn State in 1950 and then graduated three years later. He sang with the Penn State University Chapel Choir and trained with the Penn State University Air Force ROTC program. He lived in his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, in his senior year. He received the BA in social science in 1953 (the last year of the Pennsylvania State College) and received the MA in economics in 1954 (the first year of the Pennsylvania State University).

Martin's post-graduate life took two interesting paths. One, a 30-year career in the U.S. Air Force - four years of active duty and 26 years in the active reserves. And also a 36 -year career as a University professor at three colleges.

The active duty tour with the U.S. Air Force was at Andrews Air Force Base, in Washington, DC. He served as a squadron adjutant, which involved acting in administrative and personnel matters in the name of the commander. It was a real eye opener and a maturing process. The active reservist duty involved one weekend a month training and two weeks in the summer on active duty. Due to his civilian career, he moved from administration and personnel to education and training.

He finished his 30-year career as an academic instructor at the U.S. Intelligence Officer School at Lowry Air Force Base, CO. He taught young lieutenants about capitalism, socialism and communism. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a full colonel! After retirement, he and his wife travelled world-wide, on a space- available basis, on U.S. Air Force aircraft with other retirees.

In his civilian career, he worked several years for Bell Telephone Company in downtown Pittsburgh. He came to the realization that the business world was not his ideal and then spent the next four years, 1960 to 1964, studying at the University of Illinois and earning the PhD in economics in 1964. He taught economics as a grad teaching assistant while at the University of Illinois during the day and attended night classes at the University of Denver Law School earning the JD (Law) in 1969.

For twenty years, he taught undergraduates economics at the University of Denver. Then he moved on to teach graduate students economics at the University of Colorado, Denver. The graduate courses he taught, among others, were industrial organization and public policy, managerial economics, graduate micro economics, business and government, business and society, competition and monopoly, comparative economic systems and law and economics.

Martin and Margie were married in Denver on May 26, 1974. The honeymoon was spent at the 1974 World's Fair in Spokane, Washington. They used their home in Aurora, CO. as a base to explore Western USA - California, Arizona, Oregon and Washington. They were active in a church social group and enjoyed music, theatre and sports in the Denver area.

Margie lovingly supported her husband's desire to return to Happy Valley to teach at Penn State, just as his father (economics) and grandfather (chemistry) did. Martin taught economics in both the liberal arts and in business and retired in 1996 after 36 years. Martin and Margie sang in the church choir and in the State College Choral Society and had season tickets to Penn State football, basketball and wrestling. Both of them volunteered at the local Mount Nittany Medical Center hospital.

Martin and Margie were soulmates and were married for 40 wonderful years. They were kind, bright, thoughtful and loving. Margie was active in the Harrisburg chapter of Sweet Adelines and Martin was active in the local chapter of Toastmasters. Margie sang in the I/N competition of S.A. and Martin earned the T.M. highest award: Distinguished T.M.

Martin's beloved wife, Margie preceded him in death on April 14, 2013. Martin is survived by his brother, Alan, of Lancaster, and five cousins: Richard Brown of State College, Chris Brown of Greencastle, Barbara Spurr of Boston, MA, Bill Winter of Silver Springs, MD, and Harry Winter of Ann Arbor, MI. A graveside memorial service will be held at the convenience of family and friends at Grey's Cemetery, Stormstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to, the Pennsylvania SPCA, 350 E. Erie Ave, Philadelphia, Pa 19134 / Foundation for Economic Education, 30 S. Broadway, Irvington, NY 10533, or to the Claremont Institute For Political Philosophy, 937 W. Foothills Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711.

Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College. Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at www.kochfuneralhome.com.