In Memoriam

Charles D. “Chuck” Martin, trustee

Charles MartinChuck Martin, a UCI Foundation trustee, died March 28 at the age of 80. He was well-known in the Orange County business community. His company Enterprise Partners managed funds for top investors, and his private equity firm, Westar Capital, acquired and built 25 companies. Most recently, Martin served as the chairman, CEO and chief investment officer of Mont Pelerin Capital. He also wrote Orange County, Inc.: The Evolution of an Economic Powerhouse, which was published last year. At UCI, his contributions are legendary. He helped institute and served as chairman emeritus of The Paul Merage School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board. He helped create the Chancellor’s Advisory Council and led the initiative to establish a UCI honors college. A trustee of the UCI Foundation for almost two decades, Martin was awarded the prestigious UCI Medal in 2013. “Chuck’s role as a friend and adviser to our campus is irreplaceable,” said UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman. “His dedication to attracting the best students and giving them the best education will remain an inspiration.”