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In Memoriam: Mark Ottenheimer

Mark Ottenheimer, president of Baltimore-based Ottenheimer Equipment, died Dec. 12, 2013, after a long illness. He was the fifth generation of Ottenheimers on the Baltimore foodservice scene; the family began in the 1880s as butchers to what was then called the restaurant trade. They evolved into commercial millwork manufacturers; during World War I, their expertise in refrigeration led the U.S. government to reach out to the Ottenheimers for assistance in the design of units to be used by the military. The firm became a design-build “house” during World War II. Ottenheimer, a longtime member of FEDA, was one of the founding members of PRIDE Marketing & Procurement. Survivors include his wife, Carla, and two children.

Contributions in his memory may be sent to Gilchrist Hospice Care, 11311 McCormick Road, Suite 350, Hunt Valley, MD 21031. Thoughts can be left at a memorial page at

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