Marian E. “Mandy” Goetze, who had various careers as an educator and businessperson and was an advocate for women, died of heart failure Oct. 12 at her home in Towson’s Glen Ellen neighborhood. She was 96.
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 later earned a master’s degree from Goucher College.
Known as Mandy, she was married in 1947 to Robert C. Goetze, who later became vice president for marketing and sales for Albert F. Goetze Meat Packing Co., which was more simply known as Goetze’s Meats, which was located on Sinclair Lane near Belair Road. The business had been established by his father, Albert F. Goetze, son of a German immigrant butcher who settled in Baltimore.
Mrs. Goetze had taught in Baltimore Public Schools, at the Valley School, and at Goucher College, and had served on committees at the Johns Hopkins University and what is now Notre Dame of Maryland University.
A strong believer in women’s issues, she had been coordinator of the Women’s Employment Opportunities Conference; was a founder and director of the Executive Women’s Network; was a 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 offered support and funding for women’s microbusinesses across the world.
She also moderated a weekly radio show, “Women at the Crossroads,” which aired locally.
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Mrs. Goetze had been recognized for her work by Baltimore Mayor and later Gov. William Donald Schaefer and Gov. Harry Hughes. She also had been invited by various presidents to the White House to witness executive order signings, presentations, briefings and conferences.
In her business 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 spinoff of Goetze’s Meats Inc., whose president was her husband. He died in 2008.
Among her cultural interests, Mrs. Goetze was an avid supporter of the Baltimore Symphony and the Children’s Chorus of Maryland.
She enjoyed spending time with her husband and children at homes in Oxford, in Talbot County, and in Cape Haze, Florida. Other interests included travel, sailing and skiing.
She was a member of 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.