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Dr. Richard "Dick" J. Maher PhD, 67, passed away in the comfort and presence of family at Evanston North Shore Hospice on Sept. 14, 2010 after a brief but heroic battle with cancer. Dr. Maher was a husband to his wife Karen of 43 years; father to his sons, Daniel (Karen) and Patrick; grandfather to two wonderful grandchildren, Ryan and Senna. In his life, Richard was known as trusted husband, father, uncle, grandfather, educator, mentor and friend. He was looked upon as the 'Godfather' of his Wilmette neighborhood as being known as a level headed person who could settle any dispute or listen to neighbors who just needed to vent. Richard was the valedictorian of Leo High School class of 1961, graduated from Notre Dame in 1965 and received his Doctorate from Northwestern University in 1971. Dr. Maher was an accomplished academic author of several textbooks, peer reviewer of several projects and editor. He was a Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Loyola University Chicago for over 40 years and was preparing to retire to spend his golden years with his darling Karen. As his first days of courtship to his last days of life were, all about making sure his darling Karen would be looked after and taken care of. Visitation will be Friday, Sept. 17, 3 to 9 p.m. at Wm. H. Scott Funeral Home, 1100 Greenleaf Ave., Wilmette. A Memorial Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church in Wilmette will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Francis Xavier Parish, 524 9th St., Wilmette, IL 60091 would be appreciated. Share a tribute at www.mem.com. Info: 847-251-8200.

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Sept. 16, 2010
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