Obituary: Max Hans Brandt – Portland Press Herald


Max Hans Brandt

LIMINGTON – Max Hans Brandt, 80, died peacefully on May 10, 2022 surrounded by his family.

Born June 16, 1941 in Biddeford, Max grew up on Portland Road in Saco with his four younger sisters. His parents were Karl and Elsie Brandt. Max has shaped his life around four major interests: love of family and friends; from world music to the singing of the quartet of barbers; love of nature and the outdoors; and live a life filled with adventure and world travel.

Max graduated from Thornton Academy in 1959 and graduated from Gorham State Teachers College in 1963 with a BS in music education. During his high school and college days, you’d probably see Max working at Bill’s Pizza in Old Orchard Beach, driving his 1931 Model A Ford, and spending time with family and friends. Max was a Peace Corp volunteer from 1963 to 1965 in Nigeria. He graduated from UCLA with a master’s degree in ethnomusicology and earned his doctorate from Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland.

While living with his family in Venezuela and working for the Institute of Ethnomusicology and Folklore, Max became associated with a well-known shipboard study program abroad. Max, Maria and their two daughters Elsa and Ana boarded the SSUniverse in Venezuela on July 1, 1979. When the University of Pittsburgh became the academic base of the Institute of Shipboard Education in 1980, Max and his family moved in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Max worked almost 30 years as Director of Studies for Semester at Sea. Max has been on various trips around the world as Executive Dean and has also spent much of his free time teaching Latin American music at the University of Pittsburgh’s music department.

In 2007, when Max retired, Max and Maria made the town of Limington their home. Many of Max’s hobbies included spending time with family and friends, singing in a barbershop quartet, teaching and lecturing on world music, co-writing a book on Pequawket Lake folklore and history in Limington, learn about the Abeneki and create and nurture the hike. trails in the woods of Maine.

Max is survived by his wife, Maria, 53; his four younger sisters, Margaret Herbert, Christina Buckley, Molly Ouellete and his brother-in-law Ray Ouellete, Barbie Brandt Lariviere; his daughter, Elsa Brandt Rocafort, his son-in-law, Gary Rocafort, his grandchildren Mariana and Nikolas; daughter, Ana Abbott, son-in-law, Cory Abbott, grandchildren Emma and Brandt; and many wonderful nieces and nephews; as well as long-time friends in many different places around the world.

There will be a celebration of life for Max Brandt’s family and friends on what would have been his 81st birthday, June 16. Please join us at Duffy’s Restaurant from 11 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Old Orchard Beach.

Dennett, Craig and Pate Funeral Home, 365 Main St., Saco are handling his arrangements.

Max’s family is requesting a contribution to Saco Bay Trails for their assistance in maintaining the Middle Goosefare Trail or to the Hospice of Southern Maine in memory of Max Brandt.

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