Jesse Lewis Maury Jr., 84, of Annapolis, Maryland, died at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore on Feb. 28, 2016. Born at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park in 1932, to Jesse L. Maury Sr. and Margaret H. Maury, he grew up in Austin, living with his grandparents. His grandfather, Dr. Charles Humiston, was a co-founder of the hospital and the first president of the hospital association. 

Mr. Maury’s family moved to Chevy Chase, Maryland, where he attended Bethesda Chevy Chase High School. He graduated with a double major in mathematics and English literature from the University of Maryland and worked for over 40 years in the space program, 31 of them at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) as a mathematician. 

While there, he solved a problem related to satellite communications and rediscovered Jupiter’s 10th moon which NASA could not locate for two decades. An avid tennis player, he was an excellent chess player, loved to read and play piano, and was very active in his local Democratic Party.

Family life included poetry, music and intellectual discussion. He loved to garden, producing everything from tomatoes to figs to tiny kiwis. He made friends easily and was loved by many.

He is survived by his wife, Gail H. Maury, and his daughters, Erinn Maury and Laurel Maury (David Stewart).

A service is planned for March 12, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis, Maryland.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made in his memory to the University of Maryland Medical Center or University of Maryland Shock Trauma. Arrangements by John M. Taylor Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at

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