Maravene Loeschke (Towson University)
Maravene Loeschke (Towson University)

Maravene Loeschke, a Towson University alumna who went on to teach at the university and most recently served as president of the institution, died Thursday, the university announced. She was 68.

Dr. Loeschke stepped down as president due to health reasons in December. The cause was listed as complications from cancer. She died at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson.

After more than 30 years at the university as a drama student and professor, Loeschke became president in 2012.

“Our hearts are broken,” said Timothy J. L. Chandler, who became TU’s interim president in December. “Perhaps her greatest gifts to Towson were her warmth and her generosity. They reflected her dedication and love of students.”

Loeschke grew up in Baltimore and was a graduate of Parkville High School, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.