NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Robert Maher, 70, of Courtney Drive, who died September 14, 2002, will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m from Grace United Methodist Church. Dr. James C. Adams officiating. Interment in Pineview Memorial Gardens. Mr. Maher was a native of Brooklyn, NY having made North Augusta his home for the past 50 years. He was the husband of the late Mrs. Ann Maher and father of the late Mr. Gregory R. Maher. Mr. Maher had over 48 years of experience in nuclear energy programs at the Savannah River Site, including 41 years in management of production, technical and project organizations. As Vice President and General Manager, Strategic Planning and Mission Development. Mr. Maher was responsible for leading Westinghouse Savannah River Companys effort to retain and expand current missions and compete for new missions. He had assisted with strategic planning and mission development since February 1995, full time since September 1995. Prior to his current position, Mr. Maher successively was Vice President an General Manager of two operating division: the Nuclear Materials Processing Division and the Defense Programs Division. Form 1984-89, with DuPont, he was Manager of Operations at SRS. This was an organization of 4,100 employees responsible for operating all of the manufacturing processes at the site. From 1979-84, Mr. Maher was Program Manager, Waste Management, directing the overall effort to develope the processes and designed for the Defense Waste Processing Facility. Assignments between 1953-and 1979 involved heavy water technology, separations technology, production, employee relations and the Savannah River Laboratory. Mr. Maher was also the DuPont representative involved in the formative stages of the International Atomic Energy Agency. In 1978-79, he was assigned as the technical representative to President Carters Ambassador-at Large for Non-Proliferation, Gerald Smith, and to the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency involved in non-proliferation negotiations with the Japanese regarding their fuel reprocessing plant at Tokai. Mr. Maher was a member of the Board of Directors of Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness. Survivors include a son, Bobby Maher, North Augusta; a daughter, Kim M. Maher, San Diego, Cali; his fiancee, Susan Cathey, Aiken. Pallbearers will be Keith Wood, Chris Verenes, Darrell Anderson, Lou Wegner, Craig Martin, Phillip Clark, and Jimmy Angelos. The family will receive friends at the funeral home this Tuesday evening from 7-9 p.m. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 1003 Hammond Road, Aiken, SC 29803. Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home of North Augusta in charge of arrangements (803) 278-1181.
The Augusta Chronicle September 17, 2002