Harry Turner Martindale, Jr., 99, former Vice President and
of Fairchild Publications, died of natural causes in his Newport
Beach home. Born in West Orange, New Jersey, Mr. Martindale worked as
West Coast Manager for Fairchild from 1946 until his retirement in
Harry graduated from Glen Ridge, NJ. High School and then attended
Lehigh University where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity
and graduated with the class of 1927. He returned to Lehigh in 1984
when they awarded him and his beloved wife Elizabeth Fairchild
Martindale Doctorates of Humane Letters. She died in 1997. In 1985
they named Harry "Alumnus of the Year" by Lehigh University, and the
E.W. Fairchild-Martindale Library and Computing Center was dedicated
in his and Elizabeth's honor.
"Mr. Martindale was a very special member of the Lehigh
Without his leadership, foresight and generosity, Lehigh University
would not be as strong an institution as it is today. Many of
Lehigh's most recent and impressive advances, in a substantial way,
were achieved because of Mr. Martindale and his wife, Elizabeth,"
said a Lehigh spokesperson.
He started his career with Lord & Taylor in NYC. Harry
later became a
buyer of china, glassware, housewares, appliances and toys for the
Cavendish Trading Corp., a chain buying organization for a group of
department stores. World War II took Harry to Washington, D.C. From
1942-1946 he served under the Quartermaster General as a procurement
officer, reaching the rank of Major.
He then joined Fairchild Publications as Vice President and
Fairchild still publishes Women's Wear Daily, their flagship paper,
and other business newspapers and magazines, and some consumer
publications, including "W."
Harry was an avid golfer and bridge player, but his passion
horses. He was a well-known member of the Turf Club at Santa Anita
and enjoyed attending the races at Hollywood Park and Del Mar. An
accomplished equestrian, Harry kept his horse, Topper, at the
Flintridge Riding Club in Pasadena. He enjoyed riding through the
foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains with his friend Dr. George
Sharp. Dr. Sharp founded what is now known as the Huntington Medical
Research Institute. Harry served on the Board and in 1960 headed
A member of the Jonathan Club of Los Angeles since 1952, Mr.
Martindale worked until 1970, when he retired to Newport Beach. There
he joined St. Mark Presbyterian Church, the Big Canyon Country Club
as a charter member and the Newport Harbor Yacht Club.
As sole trustee of the Fairchild Martindale Foundation, his
philanthropy is well known locally in Southern California and
nationally through his support of many organizations.
Harry lived a full life. All that knew him will miss a gentleman
the very end, his courage, generosity and humor.
A brother survives him, Ross of Falmouth, ME, six nephews and