Alfred P. Maurice was born on March 11, 1921 in Nashua, NH. His multi-faceted career including 36 years as an educator/administrator in colleges and universities ended in 1984 with his retirement from the University of Illinois at Chicago after 24 years with the title of Professor Emeritus. His career as an artist/author continues. In 1990 the Maurices moved from Chicago to Vancouver, WA.
J. Dolores Maurice (née Robson), his wife was born in Detroit, MI on June 8, 1924. She died on November 27, 2007 after 61 years of their marriage. Her career was as a librarian and helpmate to her husband in all his work.
With the death of his wife and having no children or other immediate family, Professor Maurice decided to dedicate his estate to the enhancement and enrichment of the education of undergraduate college. Working with the staff of the University of Illinois and the University of Illinois at Chicago Foundation, he developed the concept embodied in the Maurice Prize.
Through a chance meeting with then President John P. Minahan of WOU a mutuality of interests was discovered. As a result, in 2010 Professor Maurice moved to Monmouth, OR, where as a visiting faculty member, he worked with the University and its Foundation to create an endowment that offers a prize patterned after the Maurice Prize at UIC.
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