Walter Maya, a professor emeritus of chemistry, died Dec. 16 at his Claremont home after battling lung cancer. He was 89.
A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 4, at 2 p.m. at Todd Memorial Chapel, 325 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont.
The New York native taught at Cal Poly Pomona for 30 years.
Prior to coming to the university, the U.S. Army veteran worked as a research chemist at Du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware, and Rocketdyne in Canoga Park. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1954 and a doctorate in chemistry in 1958, both from UCLA.
The rocket scientist was a connoisseur of classical music and devoted to his family.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Karen; four children; and three grandchildren.