Marvin L. Getz, a retired Bel Air optometrist, died of heart disease Oct. 13 at the Gilchrist Hospice Care. He was 87 and lived in Mount Washington.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Bel Air, he was a 1940 Bel Air High School graduate. While a pre-med student at the Johns Hopkins University, he left the school and enrolled at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry after the death of his father, who was also an optometrist. He received the Samuel Levitt Memorial Award for outstanding clinical research. He graduated in 1944.
After serving in the Army as an optometrist, he opened his own practice in Bel Air.
"He became a fixture on Main Street for over half a century," said his son, Stephen H. Getz of Joppa. "He was well respected by his peers and his busy optometry practice earned him thousands of loyal patients. Dad was an inspiration to me. He was the reason I became interested in optometry."
Father and son worked together for more than 25 years.
Mr. Getz was honored by the Lions Club for his charitable contributions. In 1958, he served as president of the Maryland Optometric Association. He was also a member of the Maryland State Board of Examiners in Optometry.
The American Optometric Association presented him with an award in 1994 for 50 years of service.
He was a past president of the Optimist Club and was the 2003 president of the Chatham Club, a social organization.
"He was a pleasant, low-key fellow," said Herb Lichtenberg, a friend who also belongs to the Chatham Club. "You could talk with him on any subject."
Mr. Getz enjoyed traveling with his family and playing bridge and golf. He was an avid Oriole and Ravens fan.
Services were Oct. 17 at Sol Levinson and Bros.
In addition to his son, survivors include another son, Gary Getz of Havre de Grace; two daughters, Joann Getz and Phyllis Getz, both of Baltimore; a brother, Payson Getz of Bel Air; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. His wife of 58 years, the former Rhoda S. Shur, died in 2006.