Rodger Ernest Maus
1932 - 2017
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September 15, 1932 - March 16, 2017 Rodger Ernest Maus was born September 15, 1932 in Ogden, Utah to Everett Rollow and Billie Sager. He was raised with his older brother, Rick, and his younger half-sister, Sharon, in Pacific Palisades, by his mother and stepfather Rudy Maus. Rodger graduated from University High School, in West Los Angeles, in 1950. In 1953, he joined the Army Reserve, attended Class #20 of NCO School in the 1st Calvary Division, and proudly served in the Korean War. Rodger started his career in the motion picture industry as a mail boy at 20th Century Fox before working his way into the blueprint room under Lyle Wheeler (Gone with the Wind). During the 1960s he worked extensively for Producer Irwin Allen on his science-fiction series, "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea," "Lost in Space," "The Time Tunnel," and "Land of the Giants." Two of Rodger's most famous creations were the 'Space Pod,' a small scout-craft for "Lost in Space" (based on the NASA Lunar Module), and the 'Spindrift' for "Land of the Giants." He also worked as an Art Director on "M*A*S*H" before becoming a Production Designer in the movies. Rodger worked on ten Blake Edwards films, most notably, "10" and "Victor/Victoria." In 2002, he was nominated for Outstanding Art Direction on "The Mists of Avalon." In 1995, Rodger won an Emmy for "Scarlett" (sequel to Gone with the Wind). And, in 1983, he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration on "Victor/Victoria." Rodger's favorite pastime was playing polo at Will Rogers State Park. He was a simple and sweet soul with a positive attitude, and a true gentleman, who was loved by many people. Rodger lived most of his life in Santa Monica, but moved to Scottsdale in 2004 to help his mother to the end of her life. In 2013, he moved back to California to live closer to his family and children. Rodger died March 16, 2017 in Palm Springs. He is survived by his four children Lisa Warren, Rodger Casey Maus, Kimberly Maus Weishoff, and Kirby Maus, as well as his goddaughter, Susan Young, and his godson, Maxwell Young.

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Published in Los Angeles Times from Apr. 13 to Apr. 16, 2017.
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November 20, 2018
Never got to meet you but always watched Mash. I'm related to you, I think, as my last name is Maus, My grandfather was John Maus from Mequon,/ Brown Deer, Wisconsin. My Dad was Ray F. Maus and uncle Edward Maus of Milwaukee, WI. I remember many years ago that at Christmas we would receive a basket of dried dates and figs from your parents, we never had a chance to come to California to meet your family. We were all in the music business, concertina, violin, piano, accordion and grandpa was good on his harmonica. So sorry we never got to know you personally but you accomplished so much in your life. If we are not related I am still proud to have the name "Maus"
Gloria L. Maus /Schmidt
March 4, 2018
Bless you old friend
September 14, 2017
To Rodger's family.
I met Rodger at 20th Century Fox when I had my first job as a Set Decorator. I worked with him a few times but most important we became good friends for many years. I lost contact with Rodger when I moved on to other things.
I heard today of his passing and I am shocked and very sad. He was a wonderful, kind, talented friend to me. And it didn't hurt that he was easy on the eyes !
My heartfelt sympathy to his family.
Ethel Richards
May 21, 2017
My fav!
Sorry to hear of Rodger's passing. I always wondered who designed my favorite spaceship; the Spindrift. RIP Rodger and thank you so much.
Mark Chapman
April 22, 2017
Rodger was a valued mentor and dear friend over the years we worked together. He was such a lovely, kind gentleman and a very skilled professional.
Thank you, Rodger, for all your guidance in the art department and on the polo field. You are in my heart always. Christa Munro, art director
April 19, 2017
So very sad to hear about Rodger. We met him in 1992 and he was totally charming. He will live on through his tremendous work, not the least for the wonderful prop and set designs for the Irwin Allen television shows. Our thoughts are with all of his family.
Irwin Allen News Network
April 19, 2017
Rodger was such a quiet achiever ! His work for Irwin Allen will never be forgotten, I especially liked the Space Pod design for Lost in Space it was so ahead of it's time. Would have liked to have met him in real life :)
Ralph Foster
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