(April 19, 1920 – August 30, 2015)

Family Statement on the passing of former Maryland Governor Marvin Mandel

Former governor Marvin Mandel, the 56th elected Governor of Maryland passed away this afternoon peacefully after having spent two days in St. Mary’s County visiting with his family and the family of his former wife Jeanne Dorsey Mandel while celebrating the 50th birthday of their son Paul Dorsey.

Governor Mandel Served as Governor from 1969 to 1979. He brought the State of Maryland into the 20th century during his public service by significantly modernizing all three branches of government – the legislative branch as Speaker of the House of Delegates, and as Governor, the executive and the judicial branches of government.

So many programs and benefits that Marylander’s have today and rely upon were established by Governor Mandel such as – The Maryland Public School Construction Program to relieve county government of the financial burden of building schools, establishment of the Maryland Shock Trauma Emergency Medical Services System, enactment of the strictest gun control laws at that time, and the passage of the state’s first public accommodations statute to prohibit racial discrimination.

Former Governor Mandel’s son, Paul Dorsey, expressed that “Governor Mandel was a great governor but more importantly a great father and grandfather. He spent his final weekend with family in St. Mary’s County eating crabs and enjoying the beautiful scenery that St. Mary’s has to offer. He lived life to the fullest.”

Official funeral arrangements will be announced early this week.

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan August 30 issued the following statement in response to the passing of former Governor Marvin Mandel. Governor Hogan also ordered flags to fly at half-staff in honor of the former governor.

“The First Lady and I send our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Mandel family and all those who loved and cared for him. The state of Maryland lost not only a former governor but also a truly great leader and someone countless people thought of as a friend, including myself. I will be forever grateful for the advice, wisdom, and stories Governor Mandel has shared with me throughout the years.

“No other governor has had the lasting impact on all three branches of Maryland government and while he held elective office for 28 years, he dedicated his life to making our state a better place to live. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Governor Mandel, but I know that his legacy will live on, through the many people he touched during the course of his life.”