Michael Maher, 86, who parlayed a military assignment into a civilian stevedoring operation, died Thursday at his home in Summit, N.J. He was chairman of Maher Terminals, the New York City area's largest container terminal operator, which helped change the skyline of the New Jersey marshlands.
His son Basil, the privately owned company's executive vice president, said Maher Terminals has annual revenues close to $200 million. It handles about half the 1.2 million containers shipped in and out of New York each year.
Barry R. Gross, 58, a professor of philosophy at the City University of New York who was known as one of the earliest scholarly critics of affirmative action programs, died of a heart attack July 14 in Princeton, N.J.