Richard Maynard, 64, a television producer and educator who produced various projects, including the Showtime mini-series "The Neon Empire," died Jan. 2 at his home in San Fernando Valley.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Maynard earned his bachelor's and his master's degrees in history and education from Temple University, as well as another master's degree following studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University.
A noted teacher in the 1960s at Simon Gratz High School, Maynard developed the Black History Curriculum for the School District of Philadelphia. He had a 10-year teaching position at the New School in New York in the media-studies program, and also taught at Antioch College, the University of California-Los Angeles, the University of California-Berkeley and the International School of Film & Television in San Antonio Los Baños, Cuba.
He served as the language-arts editorial director of Scholastic Publishing for nine years, and was a contributor to publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Las Vegas Weekly and Emmy magazine.
As a producer, Maynard's other projects included the TV movies "Bridge Across Time," "Time Stalkers," "The Babysitter's Seduction," "Blood Brothers," the TV series "Supercarrier," the Showtime original movie "Gold Coast" and the CBS-TV film "Stompin' at the Savoy."
He also produced "Normal Life," a feature film starring Ashley Judd and Luke Perry in 1996. The film was featured in that year's Sundance Film Festival.
Maynard is survived by his wife, Lorrie Maynard, and sons Jeffrey Maynard and Kevin Maynard.