Roger N. Mangels Sr., syrup company president, dies

Roger N, Mangels Sr., former president of Mangels-Herold Co., manufacturers of King Syrup in Baltimore, died Monday from heart failure at his Chestertown home. He was 86.

Roger Neilson Mangels Sr. was born in Baltimore, the son of Walter B. Mangels Sr., president of Mangels-Herold Co., and Louise Neilson Mangels, a homemaker.

He was raised on St. Albans Way in Homeland.

He was a 1950 graduate of McDonogh School, where he attained the rank of cadet major his senior year and had been captain of both the lacrosse and wrestling teams.

Also during his senior year, he joined the Maryland National Guard. He served four years as a sergeant.

In 1950, he joined the family business and rose through its ranks to become president of the company. In addition to syrup, which it began producing in 1901, the firm made starch, bleach and laundry rinse, which it distributed in the eastern United States from its plant in the 1400 block of Key Highway in South Baltimore.

Mr. Mangels retired from the company in 1985 after it was sold.

He was a former member of the board of Light Street Savings & Loan and the Kent & Queen Anne Hospital. He also had been a founding board member of Chesapeake Bank & Trust Co. in Chestertown.

A former Ruxton resident, he moved in 1972 to a farm in Tolchester and, since 2010, had been living in Chestertown.

His wife of 60 years, the former Sally Black, died in 2011.

Mr. Mangels and his wife were avid hunters and supporters of the Washington College lacrosse team — they began the annual Shoreman Stick Supporters Fish Fry.

Graveside services are private.

He is survived by three sons, Roger Neilson “Neil” Mangels of Chestertown, Walter B. “Tom” Mangels III of Shadyside and Carl B. Mangels of Rock Hall; a daughter, Robin Schepf of Monkton; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

-- Frederick N. Rasmussen

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