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Martinen Memorial Set for May 4 in New York

Features & Advice | David Cogswell | April 17, 2015

Martinen Memorial Set for May 4 in New York

Friends of John Martinen, the former president of Globus, will hold a memorial for him May 4 at the Travel Inn at 515 W. 42nd St. in New York City.

Organized by Martinen friends Sue Shapiro, former president of Giants, and Monica Ramos, president of the NYC Skal Chapter, the event will be a celebration of John’s Life in New York City, and a time for friends to gather in his honor and share their memories of him.

Born June 26, 1938, in Michigan, Martinen moved to New York in 1960 and was headquartered there until he died Feb. 4 at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital after an accident.

Martinen earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Michigan State University and a law degree from New York University, passing the bar in 1963. Travel lured him far away from his career path in law, a path to which he never returned.

He started in the travel industry in the cruise lines, taking a position as purser with Grace Line and later working with Galapagos Cruises, where he developed the first cruise program in the Galapagos Islands.

He joined Group Voyagers, which operated the tour brands Globus and Cosmos, in the early '70s, working his way up to president in 1977, a position he held until 1998.

In 1999 he was one of the founders of Vista Travel Ventures, which closed in 2001.

In 2002 he became president of Trafalgar Tours for a short term and then joined Safe Passage International, a travel insurance provider.

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