Marian E. “Mandy” Goetze, who had various careers as an educator and businesswoman and was an advocate for women, died of heart failure on October 12 at her home in the Glen Ellen neighborhood of Towson. . She was 96 years old.
Marian Ruth Engle, daughter of Benjamin Homer Engle, a banker and real estate developer who developed Glen Ellen, and Ruth Bennett Engle, a founding member of Towson Presbyterian Church and its first organist, was born in Baltimore and raised on Park Avenue in Towson.
A 1943 graduate of Towson High, she earned a bachelor’s degree in 1947 from what was then Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, now Randolph College, in Lynchburg, Virginia. She went on to earn a master’s degree from Goucher College.
Known as Mandy, she was married in 1947 to Robert C. Goetze, who later became Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Albert F. Goetze Meat Packing Co., which was more simply known as name of Goetze’s Meats, which was located on Sinclair Lane near Belaire Road. The business was started by his father, Albert F. Goetze, the son of a German immigrant butcher who had settled in Baltimore.
Ms. Goetze had taught at Baltimore public schools, the Valley School and Goucher College, and had served on committees at Johns Hopkins University and what is now Notre Dame University in Maryland.
A strong supporter of women’s issues, she has served as coordinator of the Women’s Employment Opportunities Conference; was founder and director of the Executive Women’s Network; was founder and executive director of Baltimore New Directions for Women Inc.; and had been a founder and director of the International Alliance Inc., a global association of executive and professional women, in which she remained active until her death, family members said. The organization has offered support and funding to women’s micro-enterprises around the world.
She also hosted a weekly radio show, “Women at the Crossroads”, which aired locally.
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Ms Goetze had been recognized for her work by Baltimore Mayor and later Governor William Donald Schaefer and Governor Harry Hughes. She had also been invited by various presidents to the White House to attend executive order signings, presentations, briefings and lectures.
In her professional life, she had been vice president of Sinclair Auto & Truck Fleet Leasing Co., later Sinclair Operating Co. in Cockeysville, of which her husband was president, and was a spin-off of Goetze’s Meats Inc., whose president was her husband. . He died in 2008.
Among her cultural interests, Ms. Goetze was a strong supporter of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Maryland Children’s Choir.
She enjoyed spending time with her husband and children at homes in Oxford, Talbot County, and Cape Haze, Florida. Other interests included travel, sailing and skiing.
She was a member of the Towson Presbyterian Church.
Services are private.
Mrs. Goetze is survived by two sons, Robert C. “Bob” Goetze Jr. of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and David A. Goetze of Port Townsend, Washington; two daughters, Susan L. Goetze of Towson and Marilyn G. Manahan of Rotonda West, Florida; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
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