Mary S. Martin, broadcast journalist, dies at 62

Mary S. Martin
broadcast journalist

Mary S. Martin, a broadcast journalist with CBS News for 27 years, died Jan. 14 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital in Fairfax County. She was 62 and a resident of Rockville.

The cause was cancer, said her sister, Catherine Snyder-Charlip.

Mrs. Martin retired from CBS in 2001. She began her career as a switchboard operator and later served as deputy chief of the Washington bureau and a coordinator of special projects, including political coverage.

Mary Snyder was born in Pittsburgh. She moved to the Washington area as a child and graduated in 1969 from the old Ursuline Academy in Bethesda. In 1973 she graduated from George Washington University.

After leaving CBS, Mrs. Martin had various full and part time, paid and volunteer jobs, including work with Montgomery Hospice. She served on the Montgomery County Commission on People With Disabilities.

At the time of her death, she was communications and public relations director for ArtStream, a nonprofit organization that uses art to help people with disabilities.

Her marriage to Rick Martin ended in divorce. Survivors include two sons, Patrick Martin of Fairfax City, Va., and Richard James Martin of Rockville; her mother, Anne Marie Snyder of Bethesda; three brothers, John Snyder of Frederick, Md., James W. Snyder of Silver Spring, Md., and Owen Snyder of Boston; and a sister, Catherine Snyder-Charlip of Rockville.

Bart Barnes

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