Margie Muller, the wife of president emeritus Steven Muller and the banking commissioner of Maryland under three governors, died July 25 at The Johns Hopkins Hospital after a long struggle with emphysema. She was 71.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Aug. 6, at 3 p.m. in Griswold Hall at the Peabody Institute, which became part of Johns Hopkins during Steven Muller's tenure. A reception will follow in the Peabody Library.
The Mullers arrived at Hopkins in 1971, when Steven Muller was appointed provost and vice president. Ten months later, in February 1972, he was named president of both the university and the hospital, a distinction held only by Daniel Coit Gilman. He retired in June 1990.
Throughout her husband's tenure, Margie Muller pursued a career in banking, rising at Maryland National Bank from public relations staffer to vice president. She was senior vice president for corporate affairs at Union Trust Co. of Maryland when Gov. Harry R. Hughes appointed her bank commissioner, a position she retained under Gov. William Donald Schaefer. She was fired by Gov. Parris N. Glendening in 1996, when she fought a plan that she thought would hamper efforts to regulate the banks.
Muller, who was born in Los Angeles and educated at UCLA, also was active in community affairs, serving as president of the Health and Welfare Council, the Baltimore Promotion Council and the Baltimore Public Relations Council. She also was a founding director of the Leadership Program of the Greater Baltimore Committee.
Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Julie Muller Mitchell of San Francisco and Elizabeth Muller Casparian of Princeton, N.J.; and five grandchildren.