Gordon E. Mau
January 2, 1920 ~ February 12, 2013
Gordon E. Mau, age 93, of New Hampton passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at New Hampton Nursing and Rehab Center. Gordon E. Mau was born to Walter and Marea (Milbrandt) Mau on January 2, 1920 near Britt, IA. He attended and graduated from Hanlontown High School. After graduation, he attended the University of Iowa where he earned his BS in Civil Engineering. He then continued his education when he attended and graduated from Harvard University with a Masters Degree in Sanitary Engineering. He received his PhD from the University of Iowa in 1958. The highlight of his career was his international work in China and Bangladesh. It was while working in Bangladesh that he met Marie Votava whom he married on May 9, 1959. In 1965, the couple returned to Iowa with their three children. The family made their home on a farm outside of New Hampton where they raised crops, pigs and an award winning South Devon cattle herd. The culmination of his engineering career and love of farming led to his receiving the 2003 state soil conservation award. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton, the Iowa Cattleman’s Association, various local and state Engineering boards and committees. Gordon is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marie; his three children, Barbara (Ray) Harre, Roberta (Andrew) Skipor and Russell (Sandra) Mau; his eight grandchildren, Annie, Dan, Chris, Andrea, Rachel, Joe, Ben and Braden. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Opal Wickman. Gordon’s legacy to his family was that he maintained his independence to the end. Memorials may be directed to the family. According to Gordon’s wishes, a private family memorial service will be held at a later date.