Obituary of Laurence Joseph Marhoefer
Laurence Joseph “Joe” Marhoefer, a patent attorney and confirmed athlete, died after a brief illness on 29 August 2021. He was eighty-five years old.
Joe was born on 14 October 1935, in Washington DC to Laurence and Mildred Buckey Marhoefer. He and his two sisters grew up in Haddon Heights, NJ. Joe graduated from LaSalle College High School in Philadelphia in 1953, from Villanova University in 1957 with a BS in Electrical Engineering and from Georgetown Law School in 1963, ranked second in his class. In 1958, he took a leave from law school and enlisted with the U.S. Navy, serving with the Navy Seabees. In 1961, he returned to law school.
In his career, Joe worked for the U.S. Patent Office, for Harry Diamond Laboratories (a U.S. Army research facility), for Potter Instrument Co. (which made magnetic tape storage systems for digital data), for Honeywell and for Unisys. He was Corporate Patent Counsel for Potter, Honeywell and Unisys.
In 1989, Joe moved his family to Reston. He went into private practice with Whitman & Marhoefer, and then in Washington D.C. with Lane, Aitken & McCann, which later merged into Veneable LLC.
In the 1980s, Joe began to run. He ran twelve marathons, including seven New York City Marathons. He did the Reston Triathlon many times. He completed between forty and fifty triathlons and countless 10Ks and other road races. In his early seventies, a knee injury and his doctors forced him to stop running. For 30 years, he and his wife Barbara were fixtures at the Worldgate Athletic Club in Herndon, VA. Joe became known for encouraging those around him to exercise.
Joe leaves his wife and his children: John Marhoefer and his partner Maria Regan of Cocoa Beach, FL, Mary Beth Gaiarin and her husband Manu Gaiarin of Old Town Alexandria, Melinda Maher of St. Paul, MN, and Laurie Marhoefer and her partner Stephanie Clare of Seattle, WA. Also surviving Joe are eight grandchildren: Alex Gaiarin, Joe Maher and his wife Cia Maher, Ben Gaiarin, Will Maher, Jack Marhoefer, Grace Marhoefer, Maggie Maher and Harriet Marhoefer Clare. Joe is also survived by his sister Mary Ann Short and her husband Ray. His son-in-law Bob Maher died in 2016.