It is with sadness for his passing and in gratitude for having been privileged to get to know him over a few years that I share a tribute to the life of Michael Maher. A largely attended and beautiful thanksgiving of his life was celebrated today in Annapolis, Maryland.
“Mike Maher, 85, was born in Houston, Texas to Alvin M. and Lucille Guillaume Maher. A graduate of Saint Thomas High School, he received a B.S. degree from Tulane University in physics and did graduate work at the University of Maryland. During the Korean War, he flew F-86s and F-94Cs in the 84th Fighter Squadron, Air Defense Command, United States Air Force.
He had an accomplished career applying science to real world problems. As a government contractor, he developed the phased radar system found in naval warships today. He played a major role in the design and manufacture of the Pegasus satellites which gathered crucial data for NASA’s moon missions. He later established a major environmental testing laboratory and in 1970 became its President and CEO. at the U.S. Department of Commerce he led the design of the Industrial Energy Conservation Program which assisted the manufacturing sector in improving its energy efficiency, reducing the nation’s dependency on foreign oil. At Potomac Electric Power Company, he designed and implemented a load control program for residential and commercial customers which contributed to the cancellation of a major new generating plant. In retirement, he consulted with the Electric Power Research Institute on the introduction of electric cars.
He lived life fully, enjoying good wine, Navy and Redskins football, ice cream, sailing, Dixieland jazz and the Big Band music of the 1940s, cherry pie, the newspaper comics, and lively political discussions. He was a skilled photographer. He read widely and was particularly interested in American and military history.
He was a past president of the Lindamoor Improvement Association, a member of the International Club of Annapolis, and an associate member of the Class of 1953, U.S.N.A.
He was a loving husband and his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were his greatest pride and joy…”
May God hold him in the hollow of His hand.
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