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In Memoriam: Goetz, Mullins
12:55 am CDT June 11, 2019

New Trier graduate Patricia (Pat) Way Goetz died on May 2 in Carmel, Calif. She was 91. Goetz was born July 24, 1927 in Illinois to George and Irene Way. She graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka in 1944 then went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in English from Duke University in 1948. There she proudly served as editor of Duke’s yearbook, Chanticleer, and made many lifelong friends as a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. 

Goetz married Donald Anderson and moved to California where she proudly raised three daughters. After her divorce, she was lucky in love a second time when she married San Francisco architect Robert Goetz. In addition to being a loving wife and mother, she discovered a passion for art, as an artist herself and as a founding partner in Shorebirds, a gallery and handcrafts store in Tiburon, Calif. Goetz lost her husband to cancer in 1977 and shortly thereafter relocated to Santa Fe, N.M. There she found love again in a four-legged friend named Esther, a special dog she adopted from the local SPCA. 

There was a private family burial. Memorial contributions may be made to Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 1155 Market St., 10th floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 or your local SPCA. 

Stephen Morell Mullins

New Trier graduate Stephen Morell Mullins died June 2, 2019 of colorectal cancer in Evanston. Mullins was born in Ottawa, Ill. July 30, 1932 to Helen G. Mullins and Howard R. Mullins. He was a graduate of New Trier High School (1950), Dartmouth College (1954) and the University of Michigan Business School (1958). In 1954-1956 he served two years in the United States Army in Germany as an Ammunition Supply Lieutenant. He began his business career in marketing with Commonwealth Edison, followed by six years as an investment broker for E.F. Hutton and Co. In 1968, Mullins left the corporate world to pursue the real estate investment and development business. In 1974, he co-founded Great Northern Financial Group, which grew into a major real estate investment company. In 1988, Mullins sold his interest in that company to continue as an individual real estate investor and developer. Specializing in the rehabilitation and redevelopment of multi-family residential projects during more than 50 years in the real estate business, he was involved in the operation of more than 17,000 apartment units and two million square feet of commercial real estate, spread over 17 states. Mullins was a two-time All-American swimmer at Dartmouth. Later in life he was an early participant in the  U.S. Masters Swimming organization, and, through 35 plus years, achieved multiple state, national, and Pan-American Championships, culminating in a Gold Medal at the World Masters Championship in 2017.  

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