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Walter Maynard Jr.

Thu, 06/06/2024 - 13:05

Nov. 14, 1932 - May 3, 2024

Walter Maynard Jr., a retired securities analyst and portfolio manager who worked for decades for Morgan Stanley, died on May 3 at his house in East Hampton. He was 91, but his death was unexpected, his wife, Jane Maynard, said.

Known as Robin, Mr. Maynard was down to earth and at ease with people from all types of backgrounds, his family said, a trait that served him well in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was made first lieutenant in charge of artillery and went on to serve in the reserves. 

Early in his financial career he worked briefly for Wood Struthers & Co. and then for White, Weld, a securities firm where he would become a partner and remain until the late 1970s, when he joined Morgan Stanley as senior portfolio manager. He became a principal of Morgan Stanley in 1990. He retired in 2004.

Mr. Maynard was a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts and the Analysts Club. He was a director of the Henry Street Settlement, serving as treasurer and chairman of the finance committee. He was president of his family's Bull Head Foundation and had been a treasurer of the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons for a decade.

Born in New York City on Nov. 14, 1932, to Walter Maynard and the former Eileen Burden, he attended St. Bernard's School and the Eaglebrook School and graduated from the Groton School in Massachusetts. A member of Harvard University's class of 1954, after serving two years in the Marines, he went on to graduate from Harvard Business School in 1958.

Mr. Maynard was a trustee of the Eaglebrook School for over 20 years, continuing to manage the school's endowment portfolio even after his tenure. 

"Education was something he really cared about," his wife said. "He thought that was the most important thing you could give to children." 

Mr. Maynard and Jane Henderson were married on Nov. 22, 1974.

An athlete, he ran most mornings before going to the office, played squash and tennis, kept fit by swimming, went skiing with his wife, and enjoyed sailing, especially off the coast of Maine, where he sometimes kept his boat. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Audrey Maynard Smith of Portland, Me., and a son, Walter Alexander Maynard of Asheville, N.C., and by his grandchildren, Benjamin Kaighn Smith of Falmouth, Me., and Chelsea Smith Jepsen of Glenwood Springs, Colo. He leaves two great-grandchildren, Penelope and Atticus Smith.

Also surviving are a brother, John Maynard of Groton, Mass., his wife's children, Cathi Henderson-Swett and Deirdre Swords of New York City, and her grandchildren, Steven, Cecily, and Alaina Marangos of New York City and Warwick Peter Marangos of Miami.

His son Thomas died in 1976. He was also predeceased by a sister, Sheila Maynard Platt. 

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 14, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in East Hampton, the Rev. Benjamin Shambaugh officiating. 

His family has suggested contributions to Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, Md., 21741-5030, online at


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