The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund is greatly saddened with the passing on December 9, 2014 of long-time Director Peter Maich. Mr. Maich served with tremendous distinction as a Ouimet Director since 1995 in a number of roles, but most notably as Chair of the Annual Banquet since Arnold Palmer was honored in 1997. In recognition of his contributions, The Fund has named Mr. Maich Banquet Chair in Memoriam.
“Peter contributed in so many ways and was such a great friend to the Ouimet Fund and our Scholars. He, as Chair, along with Dick Connolly and Denny Goodrich were the guiding lights in the formative years of our Banquet, which is now the biggest golf dinner in the country. He will be tremendously missed, but always remembered,” said Ouimet Executive Director Bob Donovan.
Mr. Maich was Ouimet Development Chair for several years helping the original campaign, and also served on the Ouimet Society, and other committees. As Banquet Chair, he was instrumental in many of the facets of the event that have made it into the largest golf banquet in the U.S., and developed numerous sponsorships including that of his former company, The TJX Companies. He created an endowed scholarship in his late father’s name and assisted The Fund in various other ways. He was the 2005 recipient of The Fund’s Richard F. Connolly, Jr. Distinguished Service Award and last fall was honored with the Denny Goodrich Honorary Ouimet Alumnus Award. He was a member of Wollaston and Cohasset Golf Clubs. He was also the Ouimet Chair at Wollaston. He is survived by his son, Will.
“We lost a one of a kind individual in Peter Maich. The Ouimet Fund will be forever indebted to Peter for his selfless dedication and commitment to our mission. He was a leader in both his spirit and actions. The Annual Banquet would not be what it is today without his tireless effort and unwavering commitment to making this a successful and sustaining event. Our prayers go out to his son, Will, and his many friends and family,” said Ouimet Fund President Greg Gailius.
“Peter has been a tremendous Ouimet supporter and dedicated champion over the years. He and Denny Goodrich worked on so many Ouimet Fund programs, and they both symbolize the best a volunteer can be. Peter’s presence and input at board meetings throughout the years has been second to none, and his leadership has been an asset across all areas of our organization. We are greatly honored to recognize him,” said Terry Kennedy, the former Ouimet Fund President at the Goodrich Award presentation.