Marye H. Godinez, 68, medical researcher

Marye H. Godinez
Marye H. Godinez
Posted: June 05, 2014

Marye H. Godinez, 68, of Bryn Mawr, a medical researcher and mother of six, died of lung cancer Thursday, May 29, at her home.

Dr. Godinez, an early multitasker, pursued a passion for medical research on the biochemical nature of the lung while raising her children in Bryn Mawr.

Son Paul said Dr. Godinez was a master at finding the balance between work and family. At one point, she told her children it was time for them to take on some of the responsibilities of running a home.

"And we did," her son said.

Born Marye Durbin in Louisville, Ky., Dr. Godinez grew up in Richland, Wash. She graduated in 1967 with a bachelor of science degree in biology from Gonzaga University in Spokane.

She earned a medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine, where she was one of only three women graduating in her class.

In 1969, she married Rodolfo I. Godinez, whom she met at the university. He retired as a pediatric anesthesiologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

She worked at Temple University as an obstetric anesthesiologist before pursuing medical research at Children's. Her work was published in seven peer-reviewed medical journals.

The two moved to Wynnefield in 1977, and then to Bryn Mawr, where they hosted gatherings for hospital friends, as well as family reunions and weddings.

Dr. Godinez was an avid gardener and sportswoman who enjoyed fishing, boating, and hunting in Northeast Pennsylvania and North Carolina. She was an active parishioner of St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church.

Besides her husband and son, she is survived by sons Lucas and Peter; daughters Adela Katkic, Sarah, and Ruth; eight grandchildren; two brothers; a sister; and nieces and nephews.

A viewing from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, will be followed by an 11 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. John Neumann, 380 Highland Lane, Bryn Mawr. Burial is in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.

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