The class lost one of its most respected and beloved members when Mac died Sept. 28, 2016, of metastatic melanoma. He was born in Raleigh, N.C., and grew up in different locales due to his father’s oil-business moves.

He came to Princeton from Florida Air Academy, where he was valedictorian and top-ranked cadet. At Princeton he majored in English. He lived with Ladra, Paris, and Beckner on campus and at Cottage as club vice president. We remember his red Volvo and sense of humor and irony. An outstanding rower, he rowed on the U.S. National Team at the 1970 World Championships. He anchored and reveled in being part of our heavyweight crew.

At the University of Florida he was editor of the Florida Law Review and began his law career with the Federal Power Commission. He later worked in the private sector helping countries develop power sources.

Mac reset his priorities in the 1990s. He regained physical fitness, took up cooking, traveled, resumed his elegant writing, and most importantly, met and married Sarah in 1998. Their union was blessed with sons Ian and Will.

Mac’s life centered on his family and crew reunions, including 2016’s shell donation. The Class of 1971 extends deep sympathies to Sarah, Ian, and Will and the rest of his family and friends.

Undergraduate Class of 1971