George Julian Maack 1926 ~ 2009 Crossed the finish line Friday evening December 25th. Julian was born in Salt Lake City February 23, 1926 to George Julian and Doris Mellor Maack. During World War II, Julian joined the Navy after graduating high school and served as a navigator on the USS Brookings from 1944-1946. After his service in the Navy, Julian attended the prestigious California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland California studying fine arts, sculpture, photography, silversmith, pottery and ballet where he earned a teaching certificate. Julian also earned his Masters Degree in Art at the University of Utah with his thesis in Serigraphy. Julian retired after 48 years as Director of the Dept. of Medical Illustrations at the University of Utah School of Medicine where he made many life long friends and associates. His illustrations can be found in many medical textbooks still in use today. Julian had a passion for running and was able to enjoy the sport for 27 great years. He ran countless races and completed 20 marathons, his favorite being Big Sur International Marathon in Northern California. Dad's artistic gentle nature, positive outlook and concern for others overflowed to all those who knew him. He also loved to express himself through his love of photography and writing Haikus. In 2008 Dad published his first book dedicated to the love of his life, Bette. The title is simply HAIKU and is filled with his wonderful poems and illustrations. Two favorites: " A small bird Flew by I didn't see A shadow chirping" " Life is A continuum of moments Thirst for each one of them" Julian married Bette November 20, 1950. They met in California where they were both attending college. In Dad's words, this began the first chapter of their 57 year love story. Julian was a loving husband, dad and brother. He is survived by daughter Leslee (husband Darius Gray), sons Michael, Dana (wife Mardi) and John (wife Carol) and grandchildren Aidan Gray, David and Lauren Maack, Dominique and Destany Maack. Services will be held at Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 E. 1300 S. on Thursday, December 31, at 1:00 p.m. There will be a viewing Wed. evening, December 30, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and again Thurs. 12:00-12:45 p.m. prior to the services. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made at any Key Bank location. Funds will be donated to the U of U Internal Medicine Department and Care Source Home Health and Hospice Center.
Published by The Salt Lake Tribune from Dec. 29 to Dec. 30, 2009.