Thursday, February 23, 2012

Patrick Maund 1955 - 2012

I'm quite saddened to report that the world of Oz and Baum scholarship and The International Wizard of Oz Club have lost a dear friend. Patrick Maund died suddenly after a brief illness on February 22, 2012. He was only fifty-six years old. Patrick is survived by his wife and three children - their loss must be unimaginable.

Patrick Maund (right) in deep Ozzy conversation at a late-night Oz party - mid 1980s.

I became acquainted with Patrick only a couple months after I first joined the International Wizard of Oz Club back in 1977. I was a young teenager and Patrick was twenty-one. I had seen an ad he'd placed in the old Oz Trading Post and sent for his sale list. He was selling off his entire Oz collection - something he deeply came to regret in later years. I don't recall the specifics, but he needed money - perhaps he thought he'd outgrown Oz. We exchanged several long phone calls talking about books, what I might expect at my first Winkie Convention later that month - he was so warm and friendly I felt like we'd been friends for years. His voice on the telephone was deep and rich - a radio announcer's voice - he sounded much more mature than a mere twenty-one. Patrick had made his first (and at that time only) appearance at an Oz convention in 1975 at the Winkie Con in Yosemite, California at the Wawona Hotel. He was nineteen and his mother had made the arrangements. Patrick talked fondly to me of his experience at Winkies and assured me I'd have a great time - though he had not returned to the convention, and as I mentioned, in 1977 he was on his way out of Oz. I bought a couple small things from him (most of his collection was already sold), and then Patrick disappeared.

But he came back! In late 1981 he reemerged into the world of Oz. I think I saw a "want list" he was running in the Oz Trading Post and sent him a letter to say hello and asked where he'd been for the last four years. We immediately began our friendship again and were soon talking on the phone for hours a week. My mom was going crazy with the phone bills I was running up. We talked about our collections, we talked about bibliography, we spent hours discussing odd things like whether Dr. Nikidik and Dr. Pipt were the same person, trying to rationalize exactly what happened with the east/west reversal on the Oz maps. Maps and Ozian geography were deep interests of us both. We could nit-pick the Clubs Oz maps for hours at a time! We even tried to chart orbital patterns for Sky Island to try and explain how it might rotate, spin, or tilt away from the sun so that the Sunrise Tribe, Sunset Tribe, and the Blue Country could all make sense from a scientific point of view. [Blogger's note: this neurosis is spelled G-E-E-K].

Patrick really wanted to go back to an Oz convention, but for some reason the idea terrified him. It seemed to me like he was embarrassed for having left Oz for awhile or not stayed in closer contact with friends he'd made back in 1975. I told him to go and stop worrying. He did. He made a triumphant return to the Winkie Convention in 1982 - alas, I wasn't going west that year so we had yet to meet face-to-face. Well, Patrick fell in love with the Oz Club and the Oz Club fell in love with him. He could hardly wait for another convention! He and a few others began organizing small Oz parties in the San Francisco area, and Patrick decided to journey to the Ozmapolitan Convention in Castle Park, Michigan, in 1983 at least partly so we could meet at long last. It was to be my first time at an Oz Con without my family, so Patrick and I decided to room together.

Patrick Maund (right) with Fred Meyer at the 1983 Ozmapolitan Convention.

It was great to meet Patrick in person, but I was very nervous! I was still deeply closeted, not even out to myself at the time, and, well, frankly Patrick was this somewhat older, extremely hot, beautiful man with a big "clone" mustache, and he was from "San Francisco." Well, it made me very nervous! And to top it all off, Patrick slept in the buff and seemed to have no inhibitions whatsoever, yet I was ... uhm ... inhibited. Of course in hind sight it's silly because I'm the one who turned out to be gay and Patrick was straight as an arrow.

We continued to write and call for the next several years and saw each other at Oz conventions pretty much yearly from then on. Patrick rather quickly built up a new (and very fine) Baum and Oz collection. Slowly our high intensity friendship faded as I got too busy in college and graduate school. And soon he was married and had three children. Time was flying by so quickly!

Sadly Patrick and I hadn't talked much in the last few years - we'd had a bit of a falling out over some trivial bit of Oz Club nonsense. I tried hard to get him to return to the Winkie Convention last year - I knew it was just his sort of convention - but it didn't work out that way.

It is very hard to believe a man with so much energy and life, who loved his family so deeply, could be taken from the world in a wink of the eye. I am only one of many who will greatly miss him.

 Patrick Maund (devoted dad) with the twins in 2007.

13 comments:

Kimberly Jackson-Ashalabi said...

Thank you David for such a beautiful tribute to Patrick. I laughed and cried, and also loved seeing the photos. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this terribly sad time. Would you please update us if you receive information where the family would like memorial contributions to be sent~thanks.

Robin Olderman said...

I read this blog with tears in my eyes, David. Knowing how very much I will miss him can lead me to imagine how great the loss is for you and some of the other longtime Ozzies. I was so hoping he'd return to a convention, and now he never can. Damn....

Thanks for sharing.

Scott Olsen said...

This is a toughing tribute.

I spoke with Patrick a couple of times--it was he who arranged for Rachel Cosgrove to sign my copy of Hidden Valley--and his deep voice was what I always remembered. When he introduced himself on the phone he said his name and then I could tell he was going to explain who he was. I interrupted him by saying "I know who you are--you're famous."

I'm so sorry.

scott said...

Sorry, that should have said "touching" tribute.

Glenn Ingersoll said...

Thank you, David.

And thank you, Patrick Maund, for being in the world.

saintfighteraqua said...

I am ashamed to say I do not think I've heard his name before, but I'm very happy to hear his story, and the way you explained it was amusing and very real.
You seem to be a very authentic in your writing and I enjoy reading your blog.

And his mustache was incredible.

I will wish and pray for his family's peace.

Dan Castle said...

Patrick was an asset to the Oz Club - he will be missed!

I think even when a person isn't going to conventions one can still be living in Oz. I trust Patrick brough Oz into his life as much as he brought his life into Oz.

Another one to cross the Shifting Sands ...

greg batlin said...

What a beautiful tribute to Patrick Maund.
He made such an impact on my life and it seems yours as well? He was an amazing man.
I knew Patrick since we were 11 years old.
Never met a more honest gentleman.
Hard to imagine the world without him.
Greg Batlin

Anonymous said...

Here is his obituary that will be in Sunday's San Francisco Chronicle:

Patrick Marc Maund
August 2, 1955 – February 22, 2012

Patrick Maund, a native and life-long resident of San Francisco, passed away peacefully on February 22, 2012. Patrick was a man of many skills, talents and passions; his humor, keen intellect and enthusiasm for life will be deeply missed. Patrick was a successful businessman, a talented musician, artist and a published author. Most of all he was a devoted and loving husband and father. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Rita Maund; his 13-year old daughter Veronica and nine year old twins, Catherine and Christopher; his brother Peter and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Earl and Jane Maund and his sister Pamela Lee. Patrick will be lovingly missed by his large community of family and friends. All are invited to attend a vigil 7:00 PM Monday February 27 and a memorial mass at 11:00 AM Tuesday, February 28, both at St. Brendan Parish, 29 Rockaway Avenue in San Francisco. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to: The Maund Children Donation Fund c/o St. Brendan School 940 Laguna Honda Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94127.

Hungry Tiger Talk said...

@Greg - thanks for your comment - this is all still rather hard to take in.

And thanks, too, for the obit from SFC.

J. L. Bell said...

I met Patrick for the first time in Bloomington (never saw the moustache until now), then enjoyed meeting him again at Asilomar and talking over the phone at Oz Club board meetings. His voice was indeed an extraordinary instrument, as deep as his heart.

I think the last time I saw Patrick was at the end of a Winkies Convention; we were trying to set a time to talk more about something privately, and couldn't, and probably each figured we'd have many chances to resume the conversation.

At the moment of his passing, I like to think, all Oz books were bound in black.

Judy said...

A lovely tribute to a memorable man. We will all miss him.

Loved that 'stash!

Hungry Tiger Talk said...

@John - thanks for the nice comment. For those that don't know, Patrick had a special fondness for Oz books bound in black cloth as they were rare and unusual - often stamped in silver(Patrick's favorite) or sometimes stamped in orange or white.