John E. Motz, first GBMC president

August 18, 1993|By Staff Report

John Eldred Motz, the first president of Greater Baltimore Medical Center and former president of the Mercantile-Safe Deposit and Trust Co., died of pneumonia Monday at the hospital.

Mr. Motz, who was 81, lived at Broadmead, a retirement community in Cockeysville.

The Baltimore native graduated from City College in 1930, but could not afford college because of the Depression. Instead, he began his business career as a clerk at the Safe Deposit and Trust Co. in Baltimore. He became president when the bank merged with Mercantile Trust Co. in 1963.

Later, as a member of the board of Women's Hospital, Mr. Motz helped implement its merger with the Presbyterian Eye, Nose and Throat Hospital and became the first president of Greater Baltimore Medical Center, the new entity.

He was known among friends and colleagues for his integrity and compassion. "He was a very caring individual and was willing to spend time helping people out without any thought of getting anything in return," said Matthew C. Fenton III, retired owner of Chesapeake Cadillac Co., a longtime friend and col- league.

Mr. Motz had a passion for civic leadership, crossword puzzles and literature but may have been most fond of watching baseball, said Senior U.S. District Judge Frank A. Kaufman, who shared box seats at Orioles games with Mr. Motz during the "International League days" and at Memorial Stadium.

"He was very bright and a very active civic leader with many, many interests," the judge said.

Mr. Motz was a founding member of the Greater Baltimore Committee and worked to revitalize downtown Baltimore.

He also served on the Baltimore County Redevelopment and Rehabilitation Commission, the Community Action Commission and the State Banking Commission.

He also was a director of numerous companies, including American General Insurance Co., Atlantic Coast Railroad, Baltimore and Ohio railroad, the Hecht Co. and Monumental Life Insurance Co.

He was also on the boards of charitable organizations and local institutions, including the Baltimore League for Crippled Children, Boy Scouts of America, the German Aged Home, Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital and Goucher College.

A private burial service is to be held Friday.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Catherine Grauel Motz; a daughter, Catherine Motz Peterson of Washington, D.C.; a son, U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Capitol Hill Day School, 210 S. Carolina Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.; or Friends School, 5114 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21210.

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