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MACK , Edward Beach 89, of Mesa passed away on September 2, 2016. Born in Watertown, Conn. on June 10, 1927, son of the late Harold P. and Ruth Beach Mack Johnson. He graduated high school in Newport, R.I. in 1944 and joined the U.S. Army Air Force where he served with the 8th Weather Wing in Labrador. He went on to Southern Connecticut State University and was an art instructor and department chairman in the Wilton, Conn. public schools for 33 years. His studies and training took him to Yale University, Columbia University, University of Chicago (as a John Hay Fellow), Williams College, and the University of Bridgeport. During the 1960s and '70s, Ed and his wife Jean were civil rights activists with the Congress of Racial Equality (C.O.R.E.). After retiring to Mesa in 1994, he volunteered his time and skills for the Heard Museum Guild, the Arizona Museum of Natural History, the Mesa Arts Center, and two international organizations that sent him to Honduras and Guatemala as a design consultant to indigenous woodcarvers. He was recently honored by the Arizona Natural History Museum for his 20+ years as a sculptor assisting with exhibition design. As an amateur archaeologist, he worked on precolumbian sites in Connecticut, and locally at Mesa Grande and other sites of the Southwest Archaeology Team affiliated with the Arizona Natural History Museum. He actively supported the Mesa Arts Center and attended classes there; he and his wife also supported the Sonoran Desert Chorale for more than 20 years. He was predeceased by his wife, Jean Baker Mack in 2009. Survivors include daughters Jan Northcutt, Lyn Mack (Larry Welty) and Wendy Mack Allred (Jeffrey) of Mesa; a sister, Audrey Mack Hall (Harold) of Phoenix; a niece and several cousins. Memorial contributions may be made to: Mack Art Scholarship, Mesa Arts Center Foundation, 1 E. Main St., Mesa 85201; and/or The Edward & Jean Mack Endowed Music & Art Scholarship, Southern Conn. State Univ., 501 Crescent St., New Haven CT 06515.
Published on  August 10, 2017
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