[photo, Marvin Mandel, Maryland Governor] MARVIN MANDEL (1920-2015)
Governor (Democrat), 1969-79

Governor of Maryland, January 7, 1969 to January 17, 1979.

Chair, Governor's Executive Council, 1969-79. Chair, Board of Public Works, 1969-79. Chair, Comprehensive Health Planning Agency, 1969. Member, Hall of Records Commission, 1969-70; State House Trust, 1969; Maryland Highway Safety Coordinating Committee, 1969-79; Appalachian Regional Commission, 1969-79; Maryland Education Council, 1969-79; Southern Regional Education Board, 1969-79; Northeast Regional Transportation Committee, 1969-. Chair, Maryland Council on the Environment, 1970-79. President, Council of State Governments, 1973.

Chair, Democratic Governors' Conference, 1971-72. Chair, Middle Atlantic States Governors' Conference, 1971-72. Chair, National Governors' Conference, 1972-73 (member, executive committee, 1970; vice-chair, transportation committee, 1970). Chair, Energy Committee, and Committee on Transportation, Science, and Technology, Southern Governors' Conference.

Justice of the Peace, Baltimore City, 1950. Member, Governor's Commission on Municipal Court for Baltimore City, 1951.

Member, House of Delegates, representing Baltimore City (District 5), February 6, 1952 to January 7, 1969. Member, Banking, Insurance and Social Security Committee, 1953-58; Ways and Means Committee, 1956-63 (chair, 1963). House Speaker, January 1964 to January 6, 1969 (acting speaker, 1963). Member, Legislative Council, 1963-69 (vice-chair, 1964-69); Rules Committee, 1963-69; Legislative Liaison Committee for the Constitutional Convention, 1967. Chair, Baltimore City Delegation, 1954-69. Member, Executive Committee, National Conference of State Legislative Leaders.

Member, Governor's Commission on Provident Hospital, 1960; Commission to Study the Establishment of a State System of Insuring Savings and Loan Association Deposits, 1961; Baltimore Metropolitan Area Study Commission, 1961-63; State War Ballot Commission, 1964-69. Board of Trustees, Maryland Historical Trust, 1964-79. Member, Maryland Commission on the Capital City, 1965-69; Interstate Advisory Committee on the Potomac River Basin, 1965-69; Maryland Education Council, 1966-69. Board of Trustees, Maryland Environmental Trust, 1967-69.

Chair, Governor's Commission on the Structure and Efficiency of State Government, 2003. Board of Regents, University System of Maryland, 2003-09.

Born in Pimlico, Baltimore City, Maryland, April 19, 1920. Attended Baltimore City public schools; Baltimore City College; The Johns Hopkins University; University of Maryland; University of Maryland School of Law, LL.B., 1942. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1942. Attorney. Partner, Mandel, Gilbert, Rocklin & Franklin, Baltimore, c. 1945-69. Attorney, Annapolis, Maryland, 1989-2015. Member, Federal, Maryland State, Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County Bar Associations. Served in U.S. Army, 1942-44 (instructor, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, & Texarkana, Texas). Member, Democratic State Central Committee, Baltimore City, 1951. Chair, Democratic State Central Committee, 1968-69. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 1976. Co-Chair, Board of Directors, Maryland Business for Responsive Government, 2009-15. Member, National Governors' Association; National Institute of Former Governors; The Speaker's Society. Member, University of Maryland Athletic Capital Campaign Cabinet; University of Maryland Terrapin Club (former president); University of Maryland M Club. Member, Omicron Delta Kappa; American Legion. Past State Chair, Jewish War Veterans. Man of the Year, Tau Epsilon Phi, 1964. Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Maryland, 1969. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Towson State College, 1969. Man of the Year, 21 Jewel Square Club of Philadelphia, 1969. Herbert H. Lehman Ethics Award, 1969, 1970. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Washington College, 1971. Honorary doctorate, Yeshiva University, 1971. Honorary doctorate, Xavier University, 1971. Honorary degree, The Johns Hopkins University, 1973. Honorary degree, Mount St. Mary's College, 1973. Thomas Kennedy Award, House of Delegates, 2002. Simon E. Sobeloff Award, The Simon E. Sobeloff Law Society, 2013. Married to the former Barbara Oberfeld, 1941-74; two children. In 1974, married the former Jeanne Blackistone Dorsey, who died October 6, 2001; three stepchildren, four grandchildren. Died at Compton, near Leonardtown, St. Mary's County, Maryland, August 30, 2015.

Mr. Mandel was convicted in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland of mail fraud and racketeering on August 21, 1977, and sentenced on October 7, 1977 to four years in prison. From May 1980 to December 3, 1981, he served his sentence in federal prison camp at Eglin Air Force Base, southwest of Valparaiso, Florida. On December 3, 1981, his sentence was commuted by President Ronald Reagan to nineteen months, most of the time already served. From December 4 to December 20, 1981, he served the last days of his sentence at a halfway house in Baltimore.

On June 19, 1989, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision overturning Mr. Mandel's conviction.

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