Wednesday, January 16, 2008
The grandson of ARRL co-founder Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW, died at
home in Lyme, Connecticut on Saturday, January 12 after a lengthy
battle with prostate cancer. Hiram Percy Maxim II -- called HPM
just like his grandfather -- was 72.
Not a ham, Maxim told the Newington Amateur Radio League at an
October 2002 meeting that he doesn't feel he shares the inventive
talents of his grandfather and great-grandfather, who held many
patents between them; Maxim's great-grandfather invented the machine
He told the club audience that his grandfather took on radio and
filmmaking as diversions from inventing -- an endeavor he considered
extremely hard work. He also thought of Amateur Radio as a means to
"bring together" individuals from distant locations and believed
that communication was a key to better understanding other people
The elder Maxim -- often referred to as "The Old Man," or "TOM" --
was an amateur film buff, and a highlight of his grandson's 2002
presentation was a short 16 mm film that showed the elder Maxim and
some of his friends working, relaxing and frolicking on the grounds
of the family's summer home in Lyme, Connecticut, where HPM II lived
until his death.
His son, Merritt Maxim, told the ARRL, "Even though he didn't have
an Amateur Radio license, he was aware of the importance of his
family's role in founding the League. Through his father, my
grandfather -- an active engineer -- he continued to maintain an
interest in all things mechanical."
A memorial service will be held at the Lyme Public Hall at 11 AM on
Monday, January 21. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions
may be made to the Lyme Public Hall Association, 249 Hamburg Rd,
Lyme, CT 06371.