Veterinary Historical Museum curator dies at age 84
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Sharon Staton, Director of Advancement, 612-624-1247 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In memory: Dr. Walt Mackey
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (Oct. 27, 2008) - Dr. Walter J. Mackey, one of the College's founding fathers and the curator of the Minnesota Veterinary Historical Museum, died on Oct. 19 at age 84.
Many will remember Mackey for being instrumental in founding the College of Veterinary Medicine and for the thousands of hours of dedicated work he donated to the Minnesota Veterinary Historical Museum.
After serving three and a half years in the Navy during WWII, Mackey attended the U of M, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1949, his D.V.M. in 1951, and his M.P.H. in 1968. He started his veterinary career employed by Drs. Zupp and Magnusson in Blooming Prairie, Minn., and had a private practice for 13 years in Hayfield, Minn. He then became director of the University's Research Animal Division, followed by a position teaching anatomy at the College. He finished his career working as assistant veterinarian for the Minnesota Board of Animal Health until retiring in 1992.
Dr. Walt Mackey at the dedication of the Ben Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center on October 26, 2007.
Dr. Mackey is survived by wife, Phyllis, of 55 years; children Cathleen Quinn, Kevin Mackey, Carol Kujawa, and Steven Mackey; six grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. Memorials may be made to Corpus Christi Catholic Church, macular degeneration research, or the Minnesota Veterinary Historical Museum. For more information about making a donation in memory of Dr. Mackey, contact Sharon Staton at 612-624-1247 or email@example.com.
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