Council Member Harper Biography

Martin Harper –
Phone: 386-775-5403
District: 5
Term Expires: 11/2022
Occupation: Retired

WWII was in full effect with the allies preparing for the invasion of the European mainland while in the Pacific Major “Pappy” Boyington the USMC ace was shot down and began his detention as a Japanese POW the day I was born.

Soon, my father at age 26 would be drafted into the Navy and into WWII.

William and Annamae Harper had just bought a new home with three children when he was inducted into the Navy.  My grandmother passed away almost one year to the date of my first birthday.

My parents had six boys and Chicago was our hometown.

My life has been defined by letters.  The letter C followed my scholastic aptitude through high school.  After high school I attended several colleges-TJC (Thornton Junior College), ISU (Illinois State University) and finally earning a B.A. degree in Psychology from DePaul University in Chicago.

Having attended private Catholic schools, I was required to help pay for tuition by working in high school and college.  I was able to earn my first degree in ten years following high school.  During those years I held jobs in many different occupations.  I eventually got a job as a PA (purchasing agent) and was a CPM (Certified Purchasing Manager) for many of those years.  Night school again found me earning an M.B.A. (Masters of Business Administration) again from DePaul U.

As the rust belt oxidized, I returned to school earning a A.S. (Associate of Science) in Nursing and became an R.N. (Registered Nurse) working in several ERs.  I was also certified in CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) and A.C.L.S. (Advanced Cardiac Life Support).

Overlapping these two careers was my service in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.  I have since retired as an SKC (Storekeeper Chief) having been assigned to several PSU Units (Port Security) functioning as a TO (Training Officer), and SO (Supply Officer) and an AO (Admin Officer).   I retired in 2004 with 26 years credit.

My wife Margaret and I have been married for over 50 years and have three grown boys all doing quite well in their careers.  We share four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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