OBITUARY

Mary Beth Maddox

May 28, 1963August 24, 2018
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Beloved wife, step-mother, daughter, friend, consummate professional and adventurer, Mary Beth Maddox succumbed to pancreatic cancer at age 55. Never afraid of a challenge, Mary Beth fought her battle quietly with conviction and courage, supported by her husband, David Loose, and a small circle of family and friends.

Mary Beth was born on May 28, 1963, in Kokomo, Indiana to Floyd and Betty Maddox. She grew up in Kokomo amidst a large circle of friends and graduated from Haworth High School, class of 1981. Mary Beth received her bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and her master’s degree from Indiana University. She began her career at Kokomo Howard County Public Library and then went on to Delphi Automotive Systems in Indiana.

In 2001, Mary Beth left Indiana to work at The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering. She served as the Director of Corporate Relations and then Director of Research Relations. Mary Beth’s talents to create opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration across academic research groups with industry is now a legacy program for the university. In 2013, she took on a new challenge as executive director of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) a Texas nonprofit focused on the promotion of cross-disciplinary research and knowledge sharing.

Throughout her career, Mary Beth was a stellar role model of leadership, especially to women. She always struck the right balance of tenacity and humor to get things done with utmost integrity. She was an alumna of Leadership Austin Class of 2007 and class representative to the Board (2007-2010). Mary Beth co-founded the national Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers (NACRO) in 2007, serving as co-president and co-chair of the Board of Directors.

Apart from work, Mary Beth had many interests, most of which involved being outdoors, whether it was hiking through the Grand Tetons, flying with David, playing with her dog, Liberty, or planning upcoming Airstream adventures to the great American West. Mary Beth agreed with poet Robert Frost, “the woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.”

Mary Beth is survived by her husband, David Loose and his children Tim and Elizabeth Loose, her mother, Betty Maddox, brother Michael Maddox, and her nieces, Katie Beth, Anna, and Abby. The family would like to thank her cancer teams, in Austin led by Dr. Michael Kasper at Texas Oncology, and at M.D. Anderson by Dr. Robert Wolff.

A memorial service for Mary Beth will take place Thursday, Aug. 30 at 2 pm at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Blvd. with a visitation at Cook-Walden from 5-7 pm on Aug. 29. Messages can be shared at dignitymemorial.com. In lieu of flowers, consider donating to World Wildlife Fund or the charity of your choice.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, August 29, 2018
  • Memorial Service Thursday, August 30, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Brent Stokesberry

October 13, 2018

I doubt a week went by in the last 23 years since I last saw her, that I haven't thought of Mary Beth. She had some sort of uncanny, effulgent aura that radiated joy and love. Everyone saw it. She was brilliant and accomplished and there just was nothing she could not accomplish. I wanted to catch up with her and I sent her an email through linkedIN the very day before she died, having no idea she was ill. I'll never forgive myself for not contacting her earlier. The most extraordinary human being I have ever met. She brought sunshine on every cloudy day. I am devastated. The world is a poorer place for her passing but was a very much better place when she was alive. She had a personal relationship with God so she probably wouldn't agree with my profound sense of loss. "My heartbeat ringin' like a hollow drum." - Steve Earle "Lonelier Than This"
Nobody, but nobody, will ever be missed, by me, like Mary Beth.
Did I mention she was beautiful? How she loved that dog, Maggie. So did I. I have to believe she is in a better place. Have to.

Cathy Shook

August 30, 2018

Mary Beth, what I remember most about you, is your love of making everyone feel included. You cheered everyone up and you could not be sad when you were around. You were a force to be reckoned with and will missed dearly.

Terrence Henry

August 30, 2018

We share our deepest condolences with David and Mary Beth’s family. Mary Beth was a bright, engaging and compassionate leader and friend to us during her stewardship of TAMEST.

We were blessed each day to experience her charm, optimism and humor and see firsthand her skills and insight as a leader. Her motivation and inspiration will be dearly missed.

-- The TAMEST Staff (Cindy, Crissy, Crystal, Eva, Jan and Terrence)

Deborah Sheets

August 29, 2018

I worked with Mary Beth at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library. My husband, Terry, and I are saddened by your loss. We remember her for her bubbly personality and what a joy she was to be around. What a beautiful soul to be gone too soon. Our sympathies to family and friends.

Eva McQuade

August 29, 2018

We share our deepest condolences with David and Mary Beth’s family. Mary Beth was a bright, engaging and compassionate leader and friend to us during her stewardship of TAMEST. We were blessed each day to experience her charm, optimism and humor and see firsthand her skills and insight as a leader. Her motivation and inspiration will be truly missed. -- TAMEST Staff

Cherie Rachel

August 29, 2018

Friend, mentor, co-conspirator, lover of life, nature girl, fearless, compassionate -- these are a few of the words I think of when I think about Mary Beth. She was such a light on this planet and had a huge impact on so many of us. I am so grateful for the years and adventures we had together. I will always remember her bright smile, infectious laugh and sense of humor. My heart aches for David as he has lost is lady love. They were perfect together -- yin and yang. MB, we will always hold you in our hearts but we'll also have a huge hole in our lives.

Love and miss you, dear friend,

Cherie

Cyndie Horback

August 29, 2018

Mary Beth,

I remember when we were kids and walking home from school. We would cut through the ally and you wouldn't just walk, you would skip. You were always so happy and a joy to be with. When ever you had candy, you were always willing to share.

After Uncle Floyd passed, and I was there with you and Aunt Betty, we would sit on her from porch at night and watch the clouds and sunset. One night the clouds looked like the Grand Tetons and you exclaimed," They Do!". I will always cherish the memories of watching sunsets with you.

Love you always,

Cyndie

Cherie Rachel

August 29, 2018

Friend, mentor, co-conspirator, larger than life, compassionate, fearless, force of nature -- just a few things that come to mind when I think of Mary Beth. I am working on coming to grips with living in a world that no longer has her smile, infectious laughter and presence. My heart aches for David and the loss that he is facing. They were such the perfect couple, yin and yang. Their life was full of joy, adventure, dreams and living in the moment. Yes, MB will always live on in our hearts but for those of us left behind, it is a hole that will be hard to fill.

Miss you and love you my friend,

Cherie

Tom and Cyndie Horback

August 29, 2018

Marybeth,

Cyndie and I will always have you in our hearts. Cyndie thought of you more as a sister than cousin. After I met Cyndie, it was always a pleasure to come back to Kokomo from Colorado for Christmas and see you. When you see Uncle Floyd up there in Heaven, tell him we have a 'Cold PBR' for him.

We Love you,

Tom and Cyndie

Charles Joray

August 28, 2018

I worked with Mary Beth at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library. I remember her as being vibrant, upbeat, enthusiastic, and "bouncy." Even back then, I could tell she was destined for greater things. She was one of a kind! I remember her dad said she was an "easy child to raise." I'm sure she was! Everyone became happier when they were around Mary Beth. I am saddened by her early death. My sincere sympathies to her family.

Charles Joray, former Director of K-HCPL

Biography

Beloved wife, step-mother, daughter, friend, consummate professional and adventurer, Mary Beth Maddox succumbed to pancreatic cancer at age 55. Never afraid of a challenge, Mary Beth fought her battle quietly with conviction and courage, supported by her husband, David Loose, and a small circle of family and friends.
Mary Beth was born on May 28, 1963, in Kokomo, Indiana to Floyd and Betty Maddox. She grew up in Kokomo amidst a large circle of friends and graduated from Haworth High School, class of 1981. Mary Beth received her bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and her master’s degree from Indiana University. She began her career at Kokomo Howard County Public Library and then went on to Delphi Automotive Systems in Indiana.
In 2001, Mary Beth left Indiana to work at The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering. She served as the Director of Corporate Relations and then Director of Research Relations. Mary Beth’s talents to create opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration across academic research groups with industry is now a legacy program for the university. In 2013, she took on a new challenge as executive director of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) a Texas nonprofit focused on the promotion of cross-disciplinary research and knowledge sharing.
Throughout her career, Mary Beth was a stellar role model of leadership, especially to women. She always struck the right balance of tenacity and humor to get things done with utmost integrity. She was an alumna of Leadership Austin Class of 2007 and class representative to the Board (2007-2010). Mary Beth co-founded the national Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers (NACRO) in 2007, serving as co-president and co-chair of the Board of Directors.
Apart from work, Mary Beth had many interests, most of which involved being outdoors, whether it was hiking through the Grand Tetons, flying with David, playing with her dog, Liberty, or planning upcoming Airstream adventures to the great American West. Mary Beth agreed with poet Robert Frost, “the woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.”
Mary Beth is survived by her husband, David Loose and his children Tim and Elizabeth Loose, her mother, Betty Maddox, brother Michael Maddox, and her nieces, Katie Beth, Anna, and Abby. The family would like to thank her cancer teams, in Austin led by Dr. Michael Kasper at Texas Oncology, and at M.D. Anderson by Dr. Robert Wolff.