E. Randolph Wootton Jr., Baltimore-born marketing executive, dies

E. Randolph Wootton Jr., died of heart disease Jan. 24 at his home in Richmond, Va.

E. Randolph Wootton Jr., a retired marketing and advertising executive, died of heart disease Jan. 24 at his home in Richmond, Va. The former Poplar Hill resident was 73.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Bryn Mawr Road, he was the son of Randolph "Randy" Wootton Sr., a real estate broker, and his wife, Margaret Swindell.


He attended the Calvert School and was a 1960 graduate of the Gilman School.

While at Gilman, he played on the school's football, lacrosse and wrestling teams. He also swam and enjoyed hiking, canoeing and sailing at Camp Deerwood in New Hampshire.


He earned a bachelor's degree at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., and later obtained a master's degree in business administration from Columbia University.

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Mr. Wootton had lived in Ridgewood, N.J., Cincinnati, Greenwich, Conn., and Atlanta.

He worked in marketing and advertising with Procter & Gamble, American Can Co. and CPC International. Family members said he was director of marketing for Thomas' English muffins.

While living in Atlanta, he was a board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs, MUST Ministries for the homeless, Chattahoochee Technical College and Children's Healthcare, among other organizations.

He moved to Richmond in 2012 and taught as an adjunct professor of marketing at Virginia Commonwealth University.

His family will receive friends at a life celebration at 3 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Baltimore Country Club, 11500 Mays Chapel Road in Lutherville.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Susan White, who works with nonprofit charities; a son, Randy Wootton III of Oakland, Calif.; two daughters, Dr. Susan H. Wootton of Houston and Lois Wootton Ayres of Richmond; a sister, Peggy Wootton Goldsborough of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

—Jacques Kelly