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In Remembrance: Carl Marotta and Eva Gottscho

August 4, 2009 – 12:34 pm

Today we posted a news story about the sad passing of Carl Marotta, longtime former owner of Tolas Healthcare Packaging (Feasterville, PA). A few weeks ago we also shared the sad news about the passing of Eva Gottscho, former owner of Adolph Gottscho Inc.

PMP News has worked closely with both packaging industry leaders over the years, and we have much to thank them for. Both led their companies through the pioneering days in their respective niches and had significant input to articles over the years, either directly or by putting us in touch with their on-staff experts. Here’s a gem from 1999 on line printing, for instance.

Among the first medical device packaging professionals I met was Carl, who very patiently explained materials and coatings to a newcomer like me back in 1999. You may not believe me, but I do remember the day I first interviewed him. He pointed me to his article in our sister publication MD&DI, “Adhesive coatings versus extrusions in packaging materials,” published in September 1987. As he spoke about the science behind coatings, I could hear him smiling through the phone. He helped me with one of my first features on sterile medical packaging, “Coated Lidding Speeds Processes, Cuts Costs.”

I also remember being packed into a crowded room at Pack Expo 2003 when Eva Gottscho was recognized for her support of Rutgers University by the Packaging Education Forum.  The applause was long and well deserved.

We welcome any thoughts you may wish to share about these two professionals.

Daphne Allen

  1. 2 Responses to “In Remembrance: Carl Marotta and Eva Gottscho”

  2. Carl was a great guy. When frustrated he was still nice. I met him several times. My wife and I toured his facility once. Gracious has hell. I believe he invented the first coating for Tyvek – CR-27 at Paper Man. I’ll miss him.
    Dan Dewar
    Packaging Enginner
    Synthes, USA
    Near Newtown

    By Dan Dewar on Aug 12, 2009

  3. My best story about Eva Gottscho is a story that has not ended. But as her last Director of Sales, I remember a day in her final year of business and life being in our conference room. There, along with 8 other executives from another company discussing business one day, Mrs. G ( which we all called her) stepped in to say hello. All 8 men stood at the same time and asked her how she felt and how she was doing. This shows how highly she was and is still respected in the Pharma Print World.

    She was respected for many reasons, from still being involved with the business to inviting my 15-year-old daughter in for daughter’s day, to her involvement with Frost Valley YMCA Campers with Kidney Disease.

    Mrs. G will not be forgotten anytime soon.

    Christopher W. Anderson
    Area Sales Director
    Hapa USA

    By Christopher W. Anderson on Aug 24, 2009

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