Brian Maher Obituary, Death – On May 19, 2023, Brian Michael Maher passed away in a calm and serene manner, surrounded by his family. He was the devoted husband of 49 years to Barbara (Goble) Maher; cherished son of Thomas and Marguerite Maher (deceased); proud brother of Thomas Maher and brother in law to Betty (Ash) Maher, Meg Goble, and Eileen (Goble) Connelly; loving father of Danny, Timmy, and Kara (Darrell) and father-in-law of Richard Darell and Carly (Pritchard) Maher; and doting grandfather to Molly, Grace, Brian, Abby, and Teddy.
His extended family consists of everyone he met while devoting his life to the Dominican educational tenets of community, ministry, study, and prayer. His Dominican education was the foundation of his extended family. Brian, better known by his childhood nickname of “Beamer,” received his education in Sea Cliff, where he attended St. Boniface Elementary School, and in Manhasset, where he graduated from St. Mary’s High School.
In the fall of 1964, he made the choice to enroll full-time at Providence College, which would prove to be one of the most formative experiences of the rest of his life. He maintained a connection with the university throughout the course of 55 years by doing things such as organizing several reunions for his classmates from the class of 1968, acting as both the New York and National Alumni President, and being awarded a doctorate in 2019.
With the introduction of a scholarship in his name to assist the education of outstanding Catholic school children from the boroughs of New York City, the connection between Brian and Providence College’s will remain in perpetuity and will be able to continue for as long as Providence College exists. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Brian worked for a brief period of time as an accountant for Grumman. However, he ultimately made the decision to switch careers and began working as a business education teacher at the newly established St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School.
This is where he ended up meeting his future wife, Barbara. His time at the high school was relatively brief, but the impact he had will be felt for years to come. In 1990, he was selected to serve on the university’s first-ever Development Board. In 2002, he was inducted into the university’s Hall of Fame, and in 2010, he was presented with the Gentlemans’ Dinner Man of Vision Award. After leaving St. John the Baptist, he worked for two years as an administrator at the Henry Viscardi School before moving on to the State University of New York at Farmingdale, where he worked for forty years, rising through the ranks to become the Dean of the Equal Opportunity Center and eventually being awarded the Board of Regents Chancellor Award in 2010.