John Mordecai

[ Age 63 ] Budget analyst and talented cook was a Vietnam War veteran.

March 29, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

John Moncure Robinson "Monte" Mordecai, a budget analyst for Baltimore County public schools and Vietnam War veteran, died of esophageal cancer Thursday at his Pikesville home. He was 63.

Mr. Mordecai was born and raised on Penhurst Avenue in Northwest Baltimore. He was a 1962 graduate of Friends School and earned a degree in graphic design from Michigan State University in 1967.

Mr. Mordecai served in naval intelligence as a lieutenant from 1967 to 1971 - including a tour of duty in Vietnam - for which he was awarded the Bronze Star for valor in combat.

He worked for DMJM Architects in Baltimore, designing subway signage in the early 1970s before enrolling at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a master's degree in urban planning in 1975.

From 1975 to 1983, he worked with the Regional Planning Council, precursor to the Metropolitan Council, developing regional transportation and strategic development plans.

Mr. Mordecai worked on developing regional health plans for the Maryland Health Department for two years before becoming a budget analyst for the city of Baltimore in 1986.

His work included handling the budget for the Baltimore Fire Department and other city agencies.

"Monte served the citizens of Baltimore and Maryland with great distinction throughout his career in public service," wrote Gov. Martin O'Malley, who had worked closely with Mr. Mordecai, in an e-mail yesterday.

He was a budget manager for a year for the Maryland Transportation Authority before joining Baltimore County public schools in 2006.

He was a Red Cross platelet donor.

Mr. Mordecai, who had recently converted to Judaism, was a member of Chizuk Amuno Congregation.

He enjoyed coaching his daughter's soccer and basketball teams and also was an accomplished cook and baker. He was an avid collector of cookbooks.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road.

Surviving are his wife of 14 years, the former Mindy Mintz; two daughters, Mara G. Mordecai, 12, and Maya B. Mordecai, 9; and many nieces and nephews.

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