Steve F. Martini, 72, a barber who cut the hair of presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon during his years in Washington, died Oct. 7 at the Boca Raton Community Hospital in Boca Raton, Fla.
Mr. Martini, who lived in Deerfield, Fla., was a barber in the Pentagon when he was chosen by the Secret Service to cut the hair of President Eisenhower. Apart from his skill with scissors and razor, a qualification for that assignment was his high security clearance. This had been necessary because he had been the barber to Gen. George C. Marshall, Army chief of staff during World War II, and other notables.
Having received the assignment to cut Eisenhower's hair when he was president, Mr. Martini kept the job for the rest of the general's life. He also was called upon on occassion to cut Kennedy's hair. He was Lyndon Johnson's barber and then barber to Richard M. Nixon.
Mr. Martini was born in Greenville, Miss. He moved to Washington in 1942 and lived here until he retired to Florida about 1970.
Survivors include his wife, Anne, of Deerfield Beach; a daughter, Kathleen Jacques of Boca Raton; two sons, Stephen J., of Sunrise, Fla., and Gregory E., of West Palm Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Martha Dominick of Deerfield Beach and Rose Tomsello of New York; two brothers, Gregory and Joseph, both of New Jersey; eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.