March 26, 1932 – May 14, 2020

National Academy of Kinesiology – Member #318


On May 7, 2020, the National Academy of Kinesiology lost another member, Dr. Mike Maksud, Fellow #318, who was inducted into the Academy in 1987. After Dr. Maksud retired from his position of Dean of Health and Human Performance in 1985, he and his wife Sheri lived in the Corvallis area.

Michael George Maksud was born on March 26, 1932 in Chicago, and graduated from Lane Tech High School in Chicago, IL. He received a full athletic scholarship to play collegiate baseball at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he received his undergraduate degree. He then completed his master’s degree from Syracuse University and earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He began his professional career as Chairperson of the Department of Physical Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Professor and Director of the Exercise Physiology Laboratory, and Associate Dean of Academic Programs of the UW-Milwaukee Graduate School. Dr. Maksud served as Dean at OSU for 15 years. According to former colleagues, he was a master of the budget and successfully negotiated his department through several stressful economic times. A quiet leader and a man of few words, he worked in the background making tough decisions that led to positive outcomes.

Dr. Michael Maksud’s passion and drive for his profession, students, and University were evidenced by publishing over 85 articles and received numerous honors and awards for his scholarly work and teaching accomplishments. He served on several professional boards and traveled the world to collaborate with fellow colleagues. Mike served on various community boards including that of the Good Samaritan Hospital and The Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis. The Boys and Girls Club was especially important to him based on childhood experiences in Chicago. The pinnacle of his professional career was being honored with the OSU Department of Kinesiology Professional Achievement Award in 2009. In 2000, he was inducted into the U of I Baseball Hall of Fame as a 1950-52 player and 1959-65 coach.

Both Mike and Shari enjoyed entertaining family, friends, and OSU students from around the world. His guests were often the benefit of Mike’s love for steelhead and salmon fishing and crabbing along the Oregon coast. He was an all-around athlete and loyal sports fan. You could find both he and Shari at nearly every OSU Beaver’s baseball, football, and basketball game with their spirit wear on. A true Chicagoan, he remained a loyal Cubbies fan.

“Papa Mike” loved spending time with his grandchildren, both in Oregon and Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his wife Shari in December 2019. He is survived by his daughters, Michelle Baylerian (Tom), Dawn Sagrillo (Jon) and Deon O’Brien Merten (Eric); his brother, Thomas Maksud and sister-in-law Elizabeth Maksud, sisters, Frances (Maksud) Cello, Delores (Maksud) Enwia, brother-in-law John Enwia, sister-in-law Patti Dixon Crisler and brother-in-law Allan Crisler.

A viewing was held at McHenry Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 12th from 10-11 a.m. with a private family graveside funeral was held on Tuesday, May 12th at St. Mary's Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in Mike’s name to: The George and Rachel Maksud Fellowship in Exercise Physiology at OSU or The Boy's and Girl's Club of Corvallis.

Source of information: https://oregon.funeral.com/2020/05/14/dr-michael-george-maksud/