George W. Goschen, 77, insurance executive

June 03, 2005

George W. Goschen, a Catonsville insurance executive and home restorer, died of colon cancer May 26 at his Arbutus home. He was 77.

Mr. Goschen was born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown. He was a 1945 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School in Irvington and, after serving in the Army for 18 months, enrolled at the Baltimore College of Commerce, where he earned a business degree in 1951.

After working briefly as an accountant, he went to work in the insurance industry. In 1954, he founded Baltimore County Insurance Agency Inc. in Catonsville, which he ran until his death.

Mr. Goschen had served as president of the 13th District Chamber of Commerce, Arbutus Business Council, Baltimore Association of Insurance Agents, Road Aid of Maryland Inc. and the Wynnewood Community Association.

In 1980, Mr. Goschen and his wife purchased an estate on Maiden Choice Lane that dated to 1770. After completing restoration of the main house, he renamed the property Goschenhaus and moved his insurance company there.

He enjoyed astronomy, gardening and reading about history.

Mr. Goschen was a longtime communicant of Ascension Roman Catholic Church in Halethorpe, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, the former Marilyn Hickman; two sons, G. William Goschen of Catonsville and Jeffrey M. Goschen of Oakdale, Calif.; a daughter, Cynthia M. Hall of Fairfield, Pa.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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