Theodore P. Mauer (a.k.a. Dad, Ted, Dr. Ted) was born July 22, 1936, in Philadelphia, PA, and died March 14, 2022.
He received his Doctor of Osteopathy degree in 1962 and went into private practice in 1969. He transitioned to a career at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) as a professor and Director of the Otolaryngology (ENT) Residency Program. He trained and successfully graduated over 50 highly skilled surgical specialists. He was a fierce advocate for providing osteopathic graduates equal opportunities for high-level specialty training, earning respect throughout the medical community.
He was the past President of the Philadelphia Laryngological Society and a past President of the American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He retired in 2018 after 56 years in medicine. On May 19, 2020, he was awarded Professor Emeritus by the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Department of Otorhinolaryngology.
He inspired many with his deep dedication, passion, and love for his career as a teacher and healer.
His personal life, though, is what gave him life. In 2018 he was captured on video stating, “The home, my family, was my life.”
He married his first wife, Suzanne Smith, on October 23, 1965, and had four children, Matthew, Michael (who unfortunately passed away at birth), Kristina, and Kathleen. His wife Suzanne died in 1989 after battling cancer. He married his second wife, Barbara Falkenstein, on December 29, 1990, and enjoyed 32 beautiful years together.
He loved trains and lighthouses and was an avid collector of wooden fishermen. He had a deep love for photography. Always having a camera strapped around his neck, he documented his entire life, focusing on his family and his love for travel, especially to national parks. He relived these vacations and memories of family celebrations through hours of slideshow and VHS presentations and perusing the many maps and brochures he collected along the way. His traditions were built around family - holidays, dinners, poolside parties, summers spent in Townsend Inlet, on the coast of Maine, and in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Always having the answers, he was a wealth of useful (and useless) knowledge. He was an avid reader and absorbed everything around him. He was also known for having passionate and lively debates on politics, especially with certain family members.
Ted deeply loved his family, career, and hobbies, and he created a life full of beautiful memories.
Though we, his children, are our own individual selves, we have each been blessed by inheriting some of Dad’s unique and wonderful characteristics. We are fortunate and forever grateful to this man we were lucky to call our Dad.
Dr. Mauer was the beloved husband of Barbara D. (née Falkenstein) Mauer; the loving father of Matthew Mauer (Jennifer); Kristina Kennedy (Gregory), and Kathleen Scalfaro (Kevin). He was the proud grandfather of Luke, Brenna, Paige, Brooke, Gabe, and Blaise. He is also survived by his sister, Ann Clemens (the late Allen) and his niece and nephew. He is predeceased by his son, Michael, his sister, Vera VonHake (the late Adolf) and his late spouse, Suzanne (née Smith) Mauer.
Relatives and friends are invited to his Visitation, Thursday, March 24, 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM at St. Anastasia Church, 3301 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA 19073, followed by his Funeral Mass, 10:00 AM. Interment private.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Friends of Acadia https://