Timothy W. Maher

[ Age 47 ] Chemical engineer who worked in Europe with his father later became a practitioner of holistic healing.

December 29, 2007|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,Sun reporter

Timothy Waxter Maher, a former chemist who became a holistic health practitioner, died of melanoma complications Monday at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 47.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park, Mr. Maher was a 1978 graduate of Boys' Latin School, where he played tennis and ran cross country. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Vermont.

After graduating from Vermont, Mr. Maher studied chemical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and by 1986 joined his father as a research engineer working with zeolites, porous minerals, and catalysts at Netherlands firm Conteka B.V. He worked in the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Sweden.

In 1991, Mr. Maher returned to Baltimore and became interested in personal growth and human spirituality.

"Cultures and belief systems fascinated him as he traveled through Europe, especially Turkey, and Asia, especially India," said his brother, P. Kenerick Maher Jr. of Baltimore. "He studied with gurus in India, Native American shamans, and other seekers like himself. He synthesized many different traditions and spiritual practices. He wanted to do something in life that would make people's lives better."

His brother said that by 1998 Mr. Maher was certified as a master of reiki, a form of energy transfer and healing that originated in Japanese culture. The year, he was initiated as a Triple Flame Healer, a treatment that focuses on the healing power of love without preconditions, family members said.

His family and friends remembered him yesterday as a quiet person with an intense determination.

"Timothy was a gentle soul, forgiving and nonjudgmental all of his life," said his mother, Peggy Waxter Maher, who lives in Roland Park.

From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Maher joined friends Bruce and Rodney Caslow to develop MesaNet, a computer consulting firm based in Arlington, Va.

Mr. Maher began educating others about his research and observations concerning the development of a spiritual life. He shared what he had learned through a series of workshops, seminars, small private groups and individual sessions.

In 1999, he left Baltimore and moved to northern Arizona - initially Flagstaff, then Sedona. Family members said he continued his spiritual journey and helped those around him with their own identities. In 2006, he moved to Bozeman, Mont., where he lived briefly until he was diagnosed with cancer and returned this year to Baltimore to be with family.

In his last days, he asked his longtime friends: "Remember to love unconditionally, without judgment." He urged friends and family "to approach the world and everyone in it with a spirit of peace and acceptance for all."

He was the grandson of social activist Peggy Ewing Waxter, who died this year.

Private graveside services will be held Monday.

In addition to his brother and mother, survivors include his father, Dr. P. Kenerick Maher Sr. of Cedarcroft; and two sisters, Margaret Robinson of Amherst, Mass., and Beth Darci-Maher of Oakland, Calif.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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