Marie K. Razulis dies at age 89

Edgewood Arsenal research chemist held a patent on a water-testing kit and enjoyed gardening and canning

April 18, 2010|By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun

Marie K. Razulis, a retired chemist, died of heart disease April 10 at Carroll Hospice's Dove House in Westminster. She was 89 and lived in the Fairhaven Retirement Community.

Born Marie Kuulei Goo-On in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of parents who lived in Hawaii. Her ancestry was Chinese, Hawaiian and Portuguese. Her father took a job in Washington as a government translator and she spent her childhood in Falls Church, Va.

As a child, she demonstrated artistic talent and played the piano. She attended the Corcoran School in Washington and earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park. Family members said that for some of her classes, she was the lone woman. She later received a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University.

She was studying for a doctorate when she met her future husband, Casimir V. Razulis, who was then a student and became supervisory chemist at Seagram's Distillery in Relay. They lived in Randallstown for many years. Her husband died in 1989.

Mrs. Razulis was an Edgewood Arsenal research chemist before raising her family. She then had five children and resumed her work at Edgewood, in the same department, after a gap of 20 years. She was an Army civilian employee.

"She called it her 20-year vacation," said her daughter, Jean E. Razulis of Fullerton.

When she resumed work, Mrs. Razulis was selected to go to the Pentagon as an executive trainee. She held a patent in 1976 for a water-testing kit to identify chemical agents in water.

Mrs. Razulis retired in 1988 and devoted herself to her home and garden. She also made her children's and grandchildren's clothing. When her daughters married, she made the bridesmaids' dresses. As a young woman, she made her own wedding gown and several of her daughters also wore it.

"She had an acre of land and every inch of it was gardens," said her daughter. "She was a great cook. She canned peaches and green beans. She baked her own bread. She was a high-energy person."

She also spent time playing piano and favored Beethoven and Mozart. She attended Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts. She also read mystery stories and watched public broadcasting television shows.

She was an animal rights advocate and would take in any dog or cat that appeared at her door.

Services were held Thursday at the Fairhaven Chapel in Sykesville.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include a son, James C. Razulis of Chestnut Hill, Mass.; three other daughters, Marie K. Razulis of Catonsville, Susan R. Danneker of Bangkok, Thailand, and Dorothy L. Razulis of Falls Church, Va.; a brother, Clement Moritz of Boston; and eight grandchildren.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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