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ASU honors Patsy Martin for service

Patsy Martin, a retired banker and Realtor, is honored by her alma mater, Albany State University, at its 3rd annual Community Service Awards banquet. (Nov. 29, 2012)

Patsy Martin, a retired banker and Realtor, is honored by her alma mater, Albany State University, at its 3rd annual Community Service Awards banquet. (Nov. 29, 2012)

ALBANY, Ga. — The word gala describes the award ceremony at Albany State University accurately.

In honoring one of its own, Patsy C. Martin, at its 3rd annual Community Service Award Banquet, the university pulled out the stops Thursday night in the Student Center Ballroom.

Officials and many audience members wore black tie and tuxedos, and women wore glittering gowns to honor Martin, an Albany State business graduate who didn’t forget the people she met as a student and community leader.

“This is a wonderful night that brings the alumni together to honor a community leader,” said Everette J. Freeman, university president. “Patsy Martin has been a part of ASU’s life and a leader in the community for so many years that we are happy to show the sparkle in the leadership of Patsy Martin.”

Martin, now retired and former president and regional executive at Bank of America, supervised bank operations in 35 branch offices in 14 counties, including Dougherty County. In 2002 she moved into a career as a Realtor where she won many awards for sales and community involvement.

“I started out as a music major. Can you believe it? Music majors make terrible bankers,” Martin said. “In Albany State business school in 11 short months, they taught me everything I needed to go on as a banker. They made me an expert to pass my exams.”

Martin said she owes the university a debt of gratitude and is excited and humbled by the honor.

“I have tried to give back in a small role as a mentor for women and ASU students,’ Martin said. “ASU made it all possible.”

Seconding Martin’s role as mentor for ASU women, Miss Albany State University Asia Cook said she looks up to Martin.

“She is such a wonderful lady, so very supportive of me and other students,” Cook said. “It is like she has officially sewed herself back into the Albany State community.”

With the velvet sounds of the T. Marshall Jones Jazz Quartet, it was quite a night.

Martin’s many community support activities include serving on the Dougherty Economic Development Commission, serving as Albany Area Chamber of Commerce president and raising scholarship money for students.