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Floyd Andrew Mauer
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Service: September 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM (Monday)
Location: Guild Chapel at Asbury Methodist Village, 211 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Floyd Andrew Mauer

Born in Bloomville NY in 1924, Floyd grew up on a dairy farm and attended a one room school for the first eight grades.  He graduated from the South Kortright central school in 1942, starting college at Hartwick College that fall.  After a year he enrolled in the officer training program at Hobart college, receiving his V-12 certificate in June of 1944.

He entered Midshipman’s school at Columbia University in August of 1944, with 1023 other young men, and in December 1944 was commissioned as an ensign in the US Naval Reserve. 

He attended fire control school in Florida, and was assigned to the light cruiser “USS Boise,” which was MacArthur’s flagship during his tour of the Philippines in June of 1945. He served on the Boise during the invasion of Borneo at Brunei Bay. 

He then joined the crew of the Landing Ship Tank 1017, training officers of Chang Kai-Shek’s navy in the operation of the LST.  He was discharged in June of 1946, and returned to school at Hobart College. He earned his bachelors in Chemistry, Cum Laude, on June 6, 1947.

His next stop was Pittsburgh PA where he earned his masters at Carnegie Tech in June of 1949.

July found him employed full time at the National Bureau of Standards in Washington DC, living in a rooming-house of bachelor scientists in Glen Echo heights.  Many lifelong friendships crystalized in this era.  He met Akrevy Pappas during this period, and they married in 1958.  They settled in Bethesda to start their family when the bureau relocated to Gaithersburg. 

His career at NBS was focused on X-Ray crystallography until about 1984, when he applied himself to metallurgy, studying the use of ultrasound measurements of hot metals for quality control. He retired in 1987, but continued to consult into the early 90’s.

He and Akrevy traveled fairly extensively between his retirement and their move to Asbury Methodist Village in 1999, enjoying numerous Elderhostel tours.  Once at Asbury, he enjoyed working in his plot in the community garden, walking the trails and roads of the campus daily, participating in Keese school, including a term as its Dean, and participating in the Computer club, the M-SIG computer organization, and the “Next in Line” memoirs group, where he demonstrated a gift for writing.

He forged many friendships with his neighbors in the Asbury Villas, enjoying their company over meals and lectures. His favorite pastimes remained walking, snacking, and working on his memoirs and other computer-related tasks. 

He declined after a hip fracture in May, reposing on Monday, August 7.

Floyd was predeceased by his beloved wife Akrevy, who passed on June 8, 2004, and his precious son Paul, who passed on September 17, 2014.

He is survived by his adoring daughter Nancy (and husband Don Yoder), his grandson Nicholas, a niece and 5 nephews.  

A memorial service will be held at the Guild Chapel in Asbury Methodist Village, 211 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM.  Those attending should enter through the gate at 301 Odendhal Road.  A reception will follow in the Community Building, 400 Russell Avenue.

We would be honored if friends would donate to the Benevolent Care Fund at Asbury, or the charity of their choice. Thank you. 

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