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Marin Independent Journal
Wednesday, October 9, 2002

Maxim William Firth (Max)
Capt. Maxim William Firth, U.S. Navy, Retired, died September 3, 2002, at the age of 94. Max was born in Bennington, Vermont, on June 22, 1908. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1931 and was a Line Officer in the U.S. Navy from 1931 to 1960 serving afloat in surface ships. During World War II he commanded the U.S.S. Spry and U.S.S. Flaherty in the Atlantic Theatre; Escort Division 37 and U.S.S. Claxton in the Pacific Theatre. For service on the Claxton, he was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Medal. After World War II he had duty in the Navy Department serving as Executive on the U.S.S. Toledo staff Atlantic Division Six, Staff Commander U.S. Naval Forces to Germany; Commanding U.S.S. Estes and Commanding Officer Administrative Command, U.S. Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, California. After retiring in 1960 from the Navy, in 1961 Max moved to San Rafael and attended San Francisco State University of California, Berkeley, University of Portland and Dominican College to acquire teaching credentials. He enjoyed teaching chemistry at San Rafael Military Academy from 1961-1968 and chemistry and physics at Katherine Branson School 1970-1972. Fishing, furniture refinishing, cooking and gardening were his hobbies. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 18 years Junetta Younglove-Firth and her daughter Sandra, brother Richard Firth and wife Elizabeth of Lake Wales, Florida, sister-in-law Lola Firth and niece Martha Markarian of Snyder, New York, nephew William Firth, Jr., of Shippensburg, New Jersey and many grand nieces and nephews. In accordance with Max's wishes, there will be no memorial services.

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