Van Maanen, Ned
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NED VAN MAANEN passed away Thursday, October 23, 2008 in Houston, Texas. He was 66 years old. Ned Allen Van Maanen was born June 28, 1942 in Arlington, South Dakota and baptized at the First Lutheran church in Hill City, SD. His father was an educator, and the family, Ned, his older brother Wendell, his mother Carol, and his father Everett, lived in many small communities and university towns including Independence, OR and Pamona, CA. Ned became an Eagle Scout in both Boy Scouts and Sea Scouts in 1958. In 1962, the Van Maanen's moved to Dhaka, then East Pakistan, where Everett was a professor at the Institute for Education and Research. The family traveled throughout Europe and the East during their stay overseas. During Ned's first year in Dhaka, he took graduate courses in education at the Institute. In 1963-64 he taught 6th grade at the Dhaka American School. The teenage expiate community in Dhaka was small, and it was there that he met Judith Kay LeVee whose father was in East Pakistan with a World Bank agricultural project. In 1964, Ned and Judy both returned to Greeley, CO to finish their undergraduate degrees. On August 25, 1964, Ned and Judy were married at the First Congregational Church in Greeley. The couple lived and taught outside Boulder, CO where Ned earned his MEd in 1968. In August 1969, Ned took a position as director of the newly formed Houston School for Deaf Children. Over the next four years the school expanded rapidly and became recognized by the Alexander Graham Bell Association as one of the best schools for the deaf in the country. Their first child, Marie, was born November 4, 1971. In 1976 the couple attended summer school at Walden University in Warwick, RI, where Ned completed his dissertation on educational change and was awarded a PhD in Education in 1978. On December 6, 1980 their second child, Allen, was born. In 1987, Ned became the Executive Director of Crime Stoppers of Houston,TX. Later in his career Ned served as Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Association of Houston and Southeast Texas, Houston READ Commission, Armand Bayou Nature Center, and as Interim Director of the Houston Maritime Museum. After retirement, Ned was a volunteer courier for the National Marrow Donor Program. Ned had a love of sailing since building his own first boat in high school. Ned and Judy raced their Flying Dutchman all over the country before moving to Houston,TX. They joined the Houston Yacht Club in 1969 where they spent many weekends sailing on Galveston Bay. Ned was a certified US Sailing Judge and Club Race Officer. Always active in the community, Ned was a Past Commodore of the Houston Yacht Club, past president of the Exchange Club of Houston, and a past board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Houston. In 1997 he was recognized by AFP as the Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year. Ned was preceded in death by his wife Judith LeVee Van Maanen in 2004 and his brother Wendell Van Maanen. Ned will be missed by his mother, Carol Van Maanen, aged 94, of Greeley, CO, his son Allen Van Maanen, daughter and son-in-law, Marie and Larry Wise, and grandson Alex Wise, age 7, of Houston, Texas. A memorial service open to all will be held at 3 o'clock in the afternoon on Thursday, October 30, at the Houston Yacht Club, 3620 Miramar Drive, Shoreacres, TX, with a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ESCAPE Family Resource Center, 3210 Eastside, Houston, Texas 77098, a non-profit organization associated with the Houston Exchange Club.