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“I first met Dan at a Coast Guard C-School in Petaluma, CA where we spent a week in Team Coordination Training class. Dan was gracious and humble...Read More »
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“Thank you to the entire Maxim family for sharing your amazing Dan with all of us. It was a true privilege to serve the recreational boating public...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Cecilia Duer - Mentor, OH


3 of 18 | Posted by: Cecilia Duer - Mentor, OH

“I still can't believe my "pal" is gone! Dan was intergalactically brilliantly smart, generous, special, passionate, analytical, compassionate,...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: John Malatak - Franklin, TN

“I want to express my appreciation to the entire Maxim family for sharing Dan with us in the Boating Safety Community. We respected and admired him...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Pamela Dillon - Ohiopyle, PA

“I had the pleasure of knowing Dan Maxim over the past 15 years and I was always struck by his compassion for people and his extreme depth of...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Dave Marlow - Knoxville, TN

“God Speed Dan. You and your Family are remembered in our prayers.Phil Colon, Manhattan College Prayer Group, Riverdale, NY ”
7 of 18 | Posted by: Philip J. Colon - Riverdale, NY

“dan was always ready to help, to accommodate and to serve. he was among the finest people ii met in a lifetime. i will sorely miss him as a QE and...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“The Manhattan College alumni community shares the grief, and is now praying for our fellow alumni and the family at this time. The Alumni Office has...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: ferdinand reinke (mc1968) - NJ

“My condolences to the family. May the peace of God and the fond memories you cherish comfort and sustain you in your time of need.-RM ”
10 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“May the God of all comfort grant you peace during this time. Phillipians 4:7 says, ...and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Michelle - neighbor

“Dan was the smartest, most generous and dedicated man I was ever fortunate enough to work with, fly with, boat with and spend quality time with. His...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Bob Myers

“The world lost a very special individual when Dr. Dan Maxim was called home last week. I have fond memories of our discussions after Council...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Jim Emmons - Lake Mary, FL

“The boating community will never have a stronger champion for safety. Dan was beyond passionate about using analysis and data to learn, teach, and...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Pete Chisholm - Fond du Lac, WI

“To the family, I am sorry to hear the news about your loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“May Almighty God and his son Jesus Christ bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. John 17:3 ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: - GA

“Dan flew with our Central Jersey Sailplane Club out of Trenton-Robbinsville NJ. Always smiling, and always helping the new members sharing his...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“I am sorry for your loss. Please find comfort and peace in knowing that God cares for you and will help you in your time of need. 1 Peter 5 : 7. C M ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: A friend


Leslie Daniel Maxim, 77, of Princeton Junction, NJ, passed away peacefully after a battle with cancer on Friday, May 18, 2018, at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro. Born in New York, NY, Dan has resided in Princeton Junction for the past 43 years. Dan lived an extraordinary life. He played a piano solo in Carnegie Hall at age 11. He was a pilot, an instrument flight instructor, and could land a multi-engine seaplane on lakes. He was one of the small cadre of glider pilots to fly above 25,000 feet and he flew over Pikes Peak. He was fluent in Spanish and was featured on a major television program in Chile. He believed in public service and was a tireless volunteer for over 30 years with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. He was an expert in coastal navigation and wrote several navigation text books for the US Coast Guard, the Auxiliary, and NOAA. He was the only Auxiliary volunteer to be nominated to attend the US Coast Guard Academy’s Loran-C Engineering Course. He traveled the world, logging over three million miles on commercial planes - enough to fly to the moon and back six times. Dan was not a man of privilege. He worked for candy maker Fanny Farmer full-time while taking a regular engineering course load at Manhattan College. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering at the age of 20 and was inducted into Tau Beta Pi. He went on to earn three Masters Degrees and a Doctorate of Philosophy, Operations Research from New York University. Dan founded his own technical consulting firm, Everest Consulting Associates, and operated it successfully for 38 years. Dan’s firm conducted research in health, safety and environmental quality, and risk assessment. His firm had a who’s who list of corporate clients. He was the author of over 200 publications, including books and technical papers, and served on numerous scientific advisory boards. Dan was dedicated to improving recreational boating safety. In addition to holding a host of leadership positions in the Auxiliary, Dan wrote a Nautical Chart Users’ Manual and developed an internet course on marine navigation. He conducted countless search and rescue missions. He was the Chairman of the National Boating Safety Advisory Council for the US Coast Guard and former National Directorate Commodore and Assistant National Commodore of Recreational Boating with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. Dan was inducted to the National Boating Council’s Boating Safety Hall of Fame and received multiple Public Service commendations from the Commandant of the US Coast Guard. He was the recipient of the Bunzyl Boating Safety Award from the American Boat & Yacht Council Foundation. Dan had numerous memberships including the Cosmos Club, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, the Coast Guard Aviation Association, the US Naval Institute, and the US Navy League. He was a Colonel for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Predeceased by his parents, Leslie Morgan Maxim and Lillian (Lester) Maxim; he leaves behind to carry on his legacy, his beloved wife of 56 years, Karen (Dunne) Maxim; his daughters, Lauren Maxim Van Wazer and her husband Thomas Van Wazer, and Lysandra Danielle Maxim; and his grandchildren, William Maxim Van Wazer and his wife Elizabeth Van Wazer, and Thomas Maxim Van Wazer. A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at A.S. Cole Son & Co. Funeral Home, 22 N. Main St., Cranbury, NJ 08512. In addition, there will be a Memorial Service in September in Cape May. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Dan’s memory to the Dr. Leslie Daniel Maxim Fund for Boating Safety. Donations can be made payable to The Coast Guard Foundation, 394 Taugwonk Road, Stonington, CT 06378 or via the Foundation’s website at www.coastguardfoundation.org/MaximMemorial. The family will match donations up to $50,000.

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