OBITUARY

Michael Paul du Monceau

June 15, 1944November 13, 2012

Michael Paul du Monceau passed away suddenly on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 of Ellicott City, MD. Beloved husband of LaLee; Loving father of Kaitlyn, Michelle and Tina; Devoted son of Johnnie Creech; Brother of Alan and Richard; Grandfather of Chanell, Logan, Laura and Ryan; Great Grandfather of Jaiden and Julius. He also leaves to cherish in his memory former wife, Merle, nieces, nephews, brother-in-law, sister-in-laws and many loving friends. He was predeceased by his father, Guy.

The family will receive friends on Monday, November 19th at Witzke Funeral Homes, Inc., 5555 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, MD 21045 between 3 to 8PM. A celebration of Mike's life will be held at the VFW Hall, 7209 MonteVideo Road in Jessup, MD 20794. 410-799-5868 on Tuesday, November 20th, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.Eulogies will be embraced.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, November 19, 2012
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, November 20, 2012
REMEMBERING

Michael Paul du Monceau

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Bob Parks

November 1, 2013

Mike was one of the best teachers and the most influencial I had at U of MD. His enthusiasm was unmatched. His TV programming class made you understand TV far more than any book could ever hope to.

When I got a job offer in radio in my sophomore year, Mike arranged to get me independent study credit for it. That kept me connected and I eventually finished my degree in '82 just as the RTVF department had begun to crumble. As the school shut down film production courses, Mike encouraged me to take film animation courses at U of MD Baltimore. That led me to open a multimedia production studio after graduation.

Mike truly loved helping students succeed. If all teachers were like that higher education would be so much better.

He is missed.

Ed Fulginiti

March 10, 2013

March 10, 2013

I only learned of Mike's passing yesterday --- from another wonderful teacher and mentor during our time together at the Univ. of Maryland, Bob McCleary. I was so very saddened and wondered whether posting this regret so late was proper. In deciding to do so, I simply wanted to lend my condolences to Mike's family and many friends and assure them that Mike's life in teaching and academics was something very, very special. I took two classes of Mike's, one in 70/71 and another in 71/72. I close my eyes and see him and hear him to this very day; he was such an immense inspiration and my career path in media was largely a testament to Mike DuMonceau. God bless Mike...now and forever.

Ed Fulginiti
Clifton, VA

Jeanne Makar-Markov

November 28, 2012

I am so sorry to hear of Mike's tragic passing. My condolences and prayers to the family. Mike was a part of my families lives back in the late 70's and 80's and we had such a great time with him. I know he loved playing cards with my aunts and dad and they have all passed and I am sure he will probably join a game in heaven with them. My heart goes out to all of you during this difficult time. Prayers your way! Jeanne Makar

John Fleetwood

November 25, 2012

I worked with Mike at U of MD for some 6 years during the late 70s-early 80s. Keeping his radio studios operational was a challenge simply due to the vast number of students who enrolled in his classes. His committment to his students was absolute, and his students benefited greatly from their association with this warm and talented teacher. I regard these years as a "magic time" in the department...and so do the students that I continue to see in their professional careers. Mike was a significant part of the "magic".

Steve Howard

November 21, 2012

Michael was my teacher, colleague, office mate, business partner and friend.
I hadn't seen him in the past few years but we linked up again about two weeks ago when he substituted at Joanne's school. What a joy it was to see and talk with him again.
In a world full of change, Mike was comfortably just the same. Older. Wiser. Calmer. But just as dear a friend as he has always been. His generosity as a friend was manifold that afternoon.
We exchanged our recent history, caught up on our children, talked about getting together. And savored our few moments in each other's company.
I will cherish those moments and all my memories of our times together.
From the first time I sat down in RATV (Gene hadn't won that fight yet) 222 which had about 15 students, until the day I left the University, my most fervent supporter was Mike duMonceau.
Led by Mike, we plotted and conspired with and along the way, inspired most, if not all of the students who graced our office and his classes.
Mike taught me more in our few years together than I can ever express. I use something he passed on to me virtually every day.
He was the only person, besides my Mother when she was mad at me, who commonly called me by my given name of "Stephen". I think about that often and how about thoughtful that was and special it made us to each other.
Mike helped guide me through a BA an MA and several years of assisting, engineering and eventually teaching.
Everyone who went through the Radio/Television/Film curriculum at the University was touched by Mike's influence. And always for the better. He championed everyone's efforts and may be the only natural teacher (besides Joanne) that I ever came to know.
Through all the late nights, difficult projects, personal challenges and with the support of Ledo's and Tippy's, I am proud to have been a colleague and a friend of our dear Michael duMonceau.
Rest well, my friend.

Ronald David

November 21, 2012

Michael will live for many years to come through his many wonderful video productions. It was a privilege to have narrated several of them. Ron David

Robbin Gillian-White

November 21, 2012

My prayers to your family.

November 20, 2012

I taught with Mike at the RTVF Dept. Even though we drifted away after they closed RTVF, I always thought of Mike as a friend. He was a warm and generous colleague.My prayers are with you.
James Baldwin
Laurel, MD

November 20, 2012

Dear LaLee and family,

We were deeply saddened to hear about Mike's untimely death. Our hearts go out to all of you.

I first met Mike in 1969 when I was the fourth faculty to join the RATV (RadioTV) Division at the University of Maryland. From the start, Mike was always the heart of RATV. He was always one of the strongest advocates for students and from my perspective, was the most engaged advisors in the entire University.

Once when we were at registration in the Armory, Mike advised from the floor rather than make the students go all of the way back to our office in Tawes, which was across the entire campus. He had such a good idea that I asked the faculty to follow his lead and have two faculty members on the Armory floor to ease students' problems then and there. The Registrar came by our table and said we could not advise on the Armory floor. A few minutes later, the Chancellor came by and asked what we were doing and we told him. He thought we had a good idea, and told the registrar to have all departments advise in the Armory. Needless to say we were not high on the Registrar's list after that. At one point, I think Mike was advising some 400 students, because the administration gave zero credit for advising, and he knew how important advising would be in helping our students succeed.

It may sound silly, but I think the four of us (Mike, Don Kirkley, Robert McCleary and I) felt like the three musketeers. That was also a time when we held our faculty meetings at Lido's and all of us wanted RATV to be the best. Looking back, the Division had enormous impact on the entire media field, particularly in Washington. We had student's who were at all of the networks, stations, government agencies, production houses and some even started their own highly successful companies.

When we became the Radio Television, Film Division, it was Mike's idea to start a newsletter. We called it Rip Rap. It was filled with information with a real sense of fun and humor. Needless to say, I often was the target of such. Michael got great pleasure from teasing me when I sat behind my desk and my feet didn't touch the floor, because I was using a judge's chair my father had given me. Mike and I played tennis and bowled together regularly. Mike always won.

Mike was a great friend and colleague. One of my fondest memories was the night that the Washington Chapter of the NATAS honored Mike, Marin Allen and myself by giving us the Silver Circle Award in recognition of the many students who made significant contributions to our field. I know he made us all better teachers and mentors. There isn't a day that goes by that doesn't bring back a memory of Mike, which makes me smile. We will always remember how he helped each of us become a better person.

We are thinking of you,

Gene and Ruth Weiss
Boynton Beach, FL.

Dave Carter

November 20, 2012

I am so sorry to hear about Mike. I first met him as a student at the University of Maryland. Later I worked a summer for him and good friend Steve Howard, followed by 2 years as a graduate assistant. A few years later I returned to campus and Mike and I were colleagues on the radio/television/film faculty. Mike was talented, energetic, and cared about his students. We lost touch after I left Maryland, but as I read the postings here I see that his compassion and talent carried on through everything he did. He was loved, and will be greatly missed.

Dave Carter
Class of 1973 & 1975