MPAC historical marker to be unveiled Nov. 9th

Louisiana Christian University will honor the legacy that Norman and Lorraine Martin created on campus with the unveiling of a historical marker in front of the Martin Performing Arts Center on Nov. 9 at 11 a.m.

The Martins donated the funds for this theater arts building in 1992. MPAC contains one of the most significant black box theatres in the nation, a television studio, a radio station, and a media lab, in addition to classrooms and office space.

“The University is eternally grateful for the support of Lorraine and Norman Martin,” said LCU President Dr. Rick Brewer. “The Martin Performing Arts Center houses some of our most creative academic offerings and is well-used by our faculty and students. The vision Mr. and Mrs. Martin and President and Mrs. Lynn had for the construction of the Performing Arts Center in the early ‘90s continues to live on in the hundreds of students who have been part of the transformational academic experience of theater and media arts at Louisiana Christian University for the past 30 years.”

Dr. Robert L. Lynn was president of Lousiana College from 1975 through 1997.

Norman and Lorraine Martin were married for 69 years, until his death in 2020. They spent their lives giving back to the community they so deeply loved. The couple became the most generous contributors to charitable causes across Central Louisiana.

Norman served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and headed the forestry division of the Roy O. Martin Company. His cutting-edge timber-stand improvement practices (TSI) and reforestation efforts positioned the family’s business for a long sustainable future.

He and Lorraine remained humble servants of Christ and leaders at every church they attended in Alexandria-Pineville and Kansas City.

The unveiling on Thursday will be followed by a luncheon in Granberry Conference Center.


Media Advisory | Nov. 3, 2023 | Pineville, Louisiana
Contact: Dr. Elizabeth B. Clarke, Director of University Communications |