A generous endowment from the Martindales in 1980 helped establish the Center that bears their name. Evidence of their enduring support of private education can be found throughout the Lehigh University Campus.
Among the other contributions this couple has endowed: the E.W. Fairchild Chair in American Studies, named in memory of Mrs. Martindale's father; the E.W. Fairchild Fellowship in American Literature; the E.W. Fairchild Visiting Writer; the Harry and Elizabeth Martindale Scholarships to benefit Lehigh University students; and the E.W. Fairchild Library Fund. They provided the major gift toward establishing the Fairchild-Martindale Library and Computing Center, and in 1987 established the Paul J. Franz Jr. Chair in University Administration.
In the College of Business and Economics, the Martindales, with Wight Martindale Jr., also initiated the Wight Martindale Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of Harry's brother '29.
Until his retirement in 1970, Harry Martindale served as vice-president of Fairchild Publications on the West Coast, directing the production of a group of publications in fields ranging from fashion, textiles, and foods, to metals, appliances, energy, and computers.
Mr. Martindale also gave generously of his time, serving as a regional vice president of the Alumni Association and as a member of the national Annual Giving Committee. A recipient of the New York Lehigh Club's prestigious L-in-Life Award, he served as first chairman of the Tower Society, which honors alumni and friends who have given, or made plans to give, to Lehigh's endowment fund.
In 1984 the Martindales were both awarded honorary degrees by the University. Elizabeth Fairchild Martindale died in June 1997 followed by Harry Turner Martindale in December 2004.
The Martindale Society
Inaugurated in the fall of 1995, the Martindale Society is composed of Martindale alumni and friends who demonstrate their commitment to supporting the Martindale Center and its programs through financial donations, program support, and student mentoring. Society members receive a personal invitation to attend Martindale center events and special programs. The current and past Presidents of the Martindale Society include Sarat Sethi (Lehigh '92) 2002-Present; William G. Pertusi (Lehigh '83) 2000-2002; Faith Glazier (Lehigh '87) 1997-2000; Michael D. Krauss (Lehigh '83) 1995-1997.