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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Gov. Mandel's family, fellow politicos bid him 'Sine die'

To those who followed him into the Maryland governor's mansion, Marvin Mandel was a wise and generous adviser, regardless of their party affiliation. To the past and present officeholders who gathered Thursday for his funeral in Baltimore County, he was a master vote-counter and coalition-builder. And to his family? Mandel was a garment-cutter's son, the first in his family to go to college, and a father and grandfather so devoted to his Maryland Terps that he once bit through the stem of his pipe during a particularly stressful game. "Farewell, and sine die," former Rep. Kweisi Mfume said in one of multiple fond eulogies to Mandel, who died Sunday at 95. That Latin...

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