'The Army Needed Him'
After Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Maude ruptured his spleen in an accident at the Pentagon last November, doctors told him to rest for a month and forget about his duties as the Army's deputy chief of staff for personnel. He didn't listen.
General Maude established Internet and phone lines, and less than 48 hours after his surgery was receiving updates and briefing personnel from the bedroom of his home in Fort Myer, Va.
"It would have been very easy for him to turn it over" to colleagues, said Col. Sean J. Byrne, the general's executive officer. But "the Army needed him," Colonel Byrne said. "They wanted his sage wisdom."
General Maude, 53, the highest-ranking officer killed in the Sept. 11 attack, was charged last year with bolstering the Army's declining recruitment numbers, and he helped coin the new recruiting slogan, "An Army of One."
But the general's legacy as one of the Army's most qualified personnel officers cannot eclipse his dedication to friends and family or his commitment to his wife, Terri. "You are never going to find a couple who were more in sync with each other," Colonel Byrne said.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 12, 2001.
September 22, 2001
Lieut. Gen. Timothy L. Maude, 53, an Army Deputy Chief of Staff
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
Lt. Gen. Timothy L. Maude, the Army's deputy chief of staff for personnel, died on Sept. 11 in the attack on the Pentagon, the Department of Defense confirmed yesterday. He was 53 and lived in Fort Meyer, Va.
General Maude was appointed to the position and promoted to his current rank in May 2000. His chief focus recently was improving recruitment, which began to lag in the 1990's.
Early this month, he reported that the new "Army of One" recruiting campaign, which began in January with major advertising on television and on the Internet, was succeeding in drawing young people to military service.
On Sept. 4 the Army announced that it had attained its recruiting goals for active-duty Army personnel ahead of schedule and that the Army Reserve and the Army National Guard would fulfill their recruiting targets by the end of the month.
General Maude was born in Indianapolis, attended the Latin School, a seminary high school there, and was a graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. He went through officer candidate school in the Army, was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1967 and started out as a postal officer.
He served a year in Vietnam and won the Bronze Star. His later duties involved personnel matters in Germany, South Korea and the United States.
He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Editorial Obituary published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 22, 2001