Honoring Mary Lou Golier

It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of Mary Lou Golier, wife of the late Paul Golier, mother to Julia Golier, the Secretary of the Board of the NYC Hemophilia Chapter, and to Susan Golier-Wright, grandmother to Amelia and William Bornmann, and mother-in-law to Bill Bornmann and Gregor Winkel.

Mary Lou was a devoted wife and caregiver to Paul throughout their life together. They met in Anaco, Venezuela in 1958 where they both worked for Mobil Oil — she as a schoolteacher and he as a petroleum engineer. Paul suffered from hemophilia throughout his life but was not properly diagnosed until he was sent from Anaco to NYC for medical care following a severe knee bleed sustained on an oil rig. It was then that he came into care at the Mount Sinai Hemophilia Treatment Center. He was fortunate to be treated by the team there throughout his life including, notably, by Dr. Marvin Gilbert, Nurse Johanna McCarthy, Nurse Alice Foster, and Dr. Christopher Walsh.

Mary Lou and Paul made their home in New Jersey but lived abroad and travelled extensively throughout Asia and Europe until he retired as president of Mobil Gas Liquids Trading in Manhattan. It was with Mary’s steadfast commitment, calm and good cooking, and his own fierce determination, that he lived so well despite chronic severe pain. And it was with her support that he survived and persevered through the tainted blood scandal.

This memorial fund is being established to honor Mary Lou and support the NYC Hemophilia Chapter’s mission to provide resources and hope to persons with bleeding disorders, their caregivers, and their families.

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