MACKAY, David Allister
December 29, 1927 - February 17, 2013.
It is with deepest sorrow that the family announces the passing of Dr. David Allister (Al) MacKay, Professor Emeritus, late of Edmonton, Alberta, on February 17, 2013 at the age of 85.
Al is survived by June, his loving wife of 59 years; daughters, Ann MacKay-Drobot (Walter) and Carol MacKay; sons, Michael, Andrew (Victoria) and David; grandchildren, Alan, Brian (Tina), Christina, Ian and Melissa. Al was predeceased by his son, Mark and by his parents David and Jessie.
Al had a long and distinguished teaching career that spanned over 50 years. He began as a high school math teacher in Nova Scotia but spent the majority of his years as a professor of Educational Administration and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta. During his time at the University of Alberta, Al held positions that ran the gamut from Chairman of the Department of Elementary Education in the early and mid- 1970s, to Associate Dean (Planning), and Faculty of Education in the 1990s. During that time, Al taught, conducted research, and advised countless Master and Doctoral students at the University of Alberta and other institutions. Although he officially retired in 1993, he continued advising M.Ed. and Ph.D. students well into the 2000s. For many years Al also taught classes during the summer session at the University of Victoria and it was in Victoria that he and June took sailing lessons which led to a life-long love of sailing and all things related to it.
Al was a voracious reader and lively and knowledgeable raconteur. He was eminently modest and infinitely kind. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, colleagues and former students.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, February 23, 2013, at Annunciation Catholic Church, 9420 - 163 Street Edmonton, AB at 10:00 a.m. Reverend Martin Pasala officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Published in The Edmonton Journal from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2013