It is with sadness that we share that two weeks shy of his 92nd birthday, Dr Manfred Gotz passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday 18 June. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Anne Marie, his three children – Bernard (Anke), Monica (Tom) and Christine (Mike) – and his grandson, Lukas.
Manfred was born in Hof, Germany in 1930. He graduated magna cum laude with a Doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Munich. He met Anne Marie in Munich, where they married in 1958. Manfred and his young bride emigrated to Canada in 1959, where he built a long career in science and research – first in Fredericton at the University of New Brunswick and later in Montreal in the pharmaceutical sector, rising to the position of Director of Research at Ayerst, now part of Pfizer.
Relocating to the United States in 1983, Manfred and Anne Marie settled in Pennington, New Jersey. Following early retirement in 1987, Manfred pursued his many interests with the same inquisitive, energetic and meticulous approach that defined his professional success.
Together with his wife, he travelled extensively, furthered his knowledge of art and architecture, cherished classical concerts and operas like an orchestra conductor, opined the merits of liberal politics, and following exacting research, always enjoyed the best meal in every town they visited.
He appreciated spending time outdoors and in nature whether skiing in the US, sailing his laser on the Lake of Two Mountains, fishing in Algonquin Provincial Park or hiking across the Alps.
Inspired by Bernard, Manfred became a diligent birder, recording sightings, studying bird calls, and visiting remote wildlife habitats the world over – even sleeping in primitive tents devoid of modern plumbing!
In addition to honing his expertise in martini making (shaken not stirred, straight up with a twist of lemon), Manfred doggedly deciphered the New York Times daily crossword, followed the stock market with the intensity of a floor trader, and popped open a bottle of ‘bubbly’ to celebrate the most innocuous occasions.
While not a pet owner himself, over many decades, Manfred was a generous part-time caretaker of his daughters’ pets - cats Oscar and Little Roo, and dogs Max, Saunter and Luna - never refusing the cold noses and slapdash kisses of his four-legged cohorts.
In his later years, he was an attentive and charming ‘Opa’, who was beguiled by his grandson’s interest in science.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to his carers and doctors over the years - particularly Dr John Passalaris of Princeton, who treated Manfred with respect, kindness and dignity for almost two decades.
Manfred was greatly admired, deeply loved, and is now sorely missed. A tribute is being arranged at the Watershed Center in Pennington, New Jersey – a nature reserve that he and Anne Marie visited almost daily as 21-year residents of Titus Mill Road.