HENRY S. MAUK

Text Box:  Henry S. Mauk, of the Plaza Apartments, formerly of Woodbrook and Shellburne, passed away on Friday, June 27th at the Wilmington Hospital.

Born in Philadelphia, to Harry W. and Mary McLean Mauk, Mr. Mauk obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Engineering from the Pennsylvania Maritime Academy (the U.S.S. Annapolis school ship). He also attended the Drexel Institute of Technology and took post-graduate courses at the University of Delaware in physics and chemistry.

Mr. Mauk served in the U.S. Merchant Marine and the U.S. Navy. As an Ensign he participated in numerous combat operations in the South Pacific during the Second World War, receiving many commendations for bravery.

He was an engineering officer on the on the U.S.S. Aludra, which was sunk in enemy territory. Following his rescue, he joined the 1st Marine Amphibious Corp and was wounded in the Solomon Islands. Later he was assigned to the U.S.S. Langley.

Mr. Mauk was a former Director of Public Safety, Division of Boiler Safety for the state of Delaware and was President of Continental Service Company, Inc., a mechanical engineering firm. He was a registered professional engineer in several states, helping to found the Delaware Society of Professional Engineers in 1950. Mr. Mauk was also past chairman of "The National Board", which oversees adherence to codes involving boilers and pressure vessels, and a charter member of the ASME Delaware Section.                                   

Mr. Mauk was a Life Member (since 1946) and Past Commander of the Delaware Veterans Post #1, Wilmington, DE. 

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Catherine M. (Hawe) and children Marie T. Stewart, Catherine A. Logue, Michael G. Mauk, Claire D. Mauk, David P. Mauk and Joseph P. Mauk; 14 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

His sisters Marion Ward and Kay Wade also survive him. His sons John V. Mauk and James H. Mauk and his brother Francis X. Mauk predeceased him.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:00 am on Tuesday, July 1, 2003 at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Gilpin Avenue and Union Street, Wilmington, followed by interment in Cathedral Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Henry S. Mauk Scholarship Fund, College of Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19711, attention of Mr. Joseph Bradley. Arrangements by the CHANDLER FUNERAL HOMES.

[published 06/30/2003]