Sherwood Davis Maynard

Posted On January 24th, 2014 -

SHERWOOD DAVIS MAYNARD Dr. Sherwood Davis Maynard, passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2013, after a long struggle with diabetes and related health issues. As Director of the Marine Option Program (MOP) from 1980 2007, he mentored thousands of students in ocean-related studies and was responsible for the development of the University of Hawaii’s unique underwater field schools (QUEST and MAST), Blue-Water Marine Lab, the Graduate Ocean Policy Certificate, and the Maritime Archaeology Symposium. At the time of his retirement in 2008, he led the Biology and Marine Biology programs at the University of Hawaii-Manoa College of Natural Sciences. Sherwood was proud of the achievements of all his students and will be greatly missed by his students and colleagues. Sherwood was born in Rochester, Minnesota on October 4, 1946, the son of Dr. Mason and Margaret Maynard. He grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from Ottawa Hills High School. He received degrees from the University of Washington and the University of Hawaii, completing a PhD in Oceanography at University of Hawaii. His strong work ethic ran through their family from their father who was a physician and their mom a nurse. His quiet determination began early leading to achievements as an Eagle Scout, high school SCUBA certification, and, as the oldest of four children, set high standards for his siblings who came after him in school. Sherwood is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; sisters, Susan Bowen and Sharon Crawford; and brother, Michael Maynard. A memorial service will be heldSaturday, January 25, 2014 with visitation at 10:00a.m.(services at11:00a.m.) at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary in Kaneohe. The family requeststhat in lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Sherwood’s memory to the University of Hawaii Marine Option Program or to the Sherwood Maynard scholarship for the MOP QUEST Student Assistance Fund through the University of Hawaii Foundation.


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