Ruth Martin

October 6, 2014


Ruth Watson Martin, 84, of New Haven, Connecticut, died on October 6th in Boulder, Colorado after a long struggle with heart disease. Born in New Haven in 1930, Ruth Pomeroy Watson was the eldest of two children of Elizabeth and William Watson.  She graduated from the Foote School in 1945 and Prospect Hill School in 1948 before attending Smith College, where she graduated with an AB in Government in 1952. While attending Smith, she spent her junior year abroad studying international law at Oxford University and the Institute of Advanced International Studies in Geneva. After graduation she worked in New York City for Architectural Record and the firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.  In 1955, she married John C. Martin.  They relocated to Denver, Colorado in the late 1950’s where she was active in the Junior League Club of Denver, Denver Art Museum and the Smith Club of Denver. In 1964, she and her family moved back to New Haven where she helped design their family’s iconic mid-century modern home, as well as worked as a contributing editor and photographer for New Homes Guide, Living Now, Better Homes and Gardens and other shelter magazines. While in New Haven she was active with and on the boards of the Garden Club of New Haven, North End Club, Junior League Club, and English Speaking Union and was instrumental during the formative years of the New Haven Preservation Trust. Ruth was also an associate fellow of Timothy Dwight College at Yale University and a member of Trinity Church. As an accomplished designer, photographer and continuous supporter of the arts and architecture of New Haven, her contributions were realized in many ways throughout the community.  Ruth moved back to Colorado in 2012, where she was able to reconnect with longtime friends as well as spend time with her grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband John (2008) and survived by her daughter Amanda of Boulder, Colorado, her son Bill (Marianne) of Louisville, Colorado, two grandchildren (Rowan and Mattias), and her sister Alice Houston of Stonington, Connecticut. A memorial service and reception will be held on Saturday November 15th, at 2:30pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1419 Pine St., Boulder, Colorado.   A reception will be held on Saturday November 22nd at noon at the New Haven Lawn Club, 193 Whitney Ave, New Haven. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to either the scholarship fund of The Garden Club of New Haven, PO Box 6197, Hamden, CT 06517 or the John C. Martin Memorial Scholarship, University of New Haven, 300 Boston Post Rd., West Haven, CT 06516. To sign the online guestbook please visit

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