Richard Angus Maun

Richard Angus Maun

Died December 23, 2010

A Russian language and literature major, Dick came to Yale after graduating first in his class at Grosse Pointe High School in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, armed with a National Merit Scholarship. He was executive manager then business manager of The Yale Record.

As he predicted in our 1965 class book, Dick went into medicine, earning his medical degree at Columbia’s College of Physicians & Surgeons in 1969, followed by internship at San Francisco General Hospital and a residency in General Surgery at the University of California Hospital, San Francisco.

Dr. Maun served our country as battalion surgeon for the Marine Battalion 2/4 in Okinawa and as commanding officer of the Second Collection and Clearing Platoon in the Philippines, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Japan.

In 1977 Dick entered private practice in Whittier, CA. He was affiliated with Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital where he served in several executive capacities, including chief of surgery, medical staff president, and chief of staff. He taught orthopedic surgery at the University of Southern California and was a member of the Whittier Academy of Medicine, serving as its president in 1987 and 1988. He was recognized in Whittier for outstanding leadership and for years of service, dedication, creativity and direction in helping local charities.

In 1999, shortly after joining an orthopedic practice in Oneida, NY, Dick learned he had a long, difficult illness ahead of him. He officially retired in 2001 and moved to Columbia, SC. Most important to Dick were his family and his church. His interests included reading, golf, tennis, photography, cooking, cars, playing the guitar, traveling, sports. He became very knowledgeable about art, music (all kinds), and wines and he also spoke five languages. Dick was an avid sponsor over the years of baseball, softball, basketball and soccer for the youth of Whittier.

Dick observed in the class book and directory for our 35th reunion in 2000: “I would not have done anything differently. It has been a wild, unpredictable, but thoroughly enjoyable ride getting here (I am not there yet). And I look forward to the next thirty-five years with equal wonder.”

Dick died on December 23, 2010. He was survived by his wife, Julie Kasper Maun formerly of Sherrill, NY; two sons, Mark Emmet Maun and Brendan Liam Maun, both of Los Angeles; a sister, Kathleen Swanson and; two brothers: Steve Maun of New York City and Michael Maun of Grosse Pointe.

Theodore Garrett remembers: Dick Maun was a spirited guy with a sense of humor and adventure. He had a love for learning, whether it be Russian or computer science or bridge, and a happy and generous spirit. I saw Dick on occasion after Yale, when he was in medical school and we drove from New York to New Haven for one or two football games. After that, I Iost track of him. I remember Dick with great fondness.

Dale Schmitt remembers: I had the good fortune to have Dick as a friend for three years and a roommate for one. No one could ask for a better person in either role. Although we were able to get together a few times after graduation, it was never long enough or often enough. I miss his good humor and wise counsel.