ORONO – Horace Rudolf Givens, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on January 26, 2015 in Mesa, AZ. He was born on March 5, 1934 in Brooklyn, NY to Horace T. F. and Elsie (Hauck) Givens.
After growing up in East Orange, NJ where he graduated from Clifford J. Scott High School in 1952, he received a Bachelor of Science from Columbia College and an MBA from Columbia University in New York City, NY. Horace worked for Haskins and Sells Public Accountants in New York before earning a PhD from New York University.
Dr. Givens began his teaching career at Babson College, Wellesley, MA followed by West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, where he received an Outstanding Professor of the Year award. He then went on to teach at the University of Maine, Orono, ME where he retired from teaching in 1997 and is a professor emeritus.
Horace married Janet Findlay in 1958 in Wakefield, MA. They have been happily married for 56 years and have two children and three grandchildren.
He was a member of the US Army Reserve, Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, American Accounting Association, Academy of Accounting Historians, Penobscot Valley Country Club, and the Church of Universal Fellowship, Orono, ME.
He wrote and published short stories and wrote articles for Baseball Digest magazine. He was an expert on baseball history, and interviewed well known baseball players from the past. He also enjoyed golf, chess, and hiking at various times in his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Janet of Orono, ME and son Scott Findlay Givens (Lori) of Pelham, NY and daughter Sandra Lee Feher of Orono, ME. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Emily Jane Feher, Grant Findlay Givens, and Brock William Givens. Surviving brothers are Edward H. Givens of Lynwood, IL and Gerald R. Givens (Karen) of Falcon, CO, and nieces and nephew.
A memorial service will be held at the Church of Universal Fellowship, Main St, Orono, ME on Saturday, February 14 at 1:00pm. The family will be greeting friends at a reception after the service at the church.
The family requests memorial donations be made to Covenant House, 461 8th Ave., New York City, NY 10001.