A pioneer in the field of transplant science, passed away on August 29, 2018 at the age of 78. Robert and his wife, Kathy, resided in Palm Harbor, FL. They also had a residence in Wyncote, PA.
Dr. McAlack was born on June 1, 1940 at the family home in Camden, NJ. Beloved son of the late John and Agnes (nee Mazur) McAlack; Devoted husband of Kathy Sacks; Dear brother of John McAlack, Carolyn Nattkemper, Janet Friedman (Merwyn), Kenneth McAlack (Jeanne). He is also survived by his stepsons Frank and George Sacks, and many loving nieces and nephews.
Robert attended schools in Camden. He was a Ph.D. graduate in microbiology at Drexel University in 1962, and obtained his Masters and Ph.D. in Microbiology from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia in 1968. During this time, he worked at Einstein Hospital, where he began his career in the Department of Microbiology and immune suppression research related to kidney transplant. He was certified Director (Diplomate) by The American Board of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ABHI).
Dr. McAlack was a pioneer in the field of organ transplant medicine. As lab director, he developed the methodology to overcome the ABO blood type incompatibility, and his team performed the first transplant using this methodology at Einstein Hospital in Philadelphia. Alongside this research, which he presented at conferences around the world, Robert created, under Dr. Bennett, the transplant laboratory and became Director of the Einstein Hospital Transplant Immunology Laboratory. He also oversaw the Hahnemann University Hospital, Histo-compatibility Laboratory, until he retired at the end of 2017.
Robert enrolled in the Naval Reserve Officer Training program at Drexel University, and during his last year, he served active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962 and received an honorable discharge thereafter.
Relatives and friends are invited to the Visitation and Funeral on Thursday from 6 to 8 P.M. and Friday from 10 to 11 A.M. at the FALCO/CARUSO & LEONARD PENNSAUKEN FUNERAL HOME, 6600 N. Browning Road, where a Funeral Service will be held at 11 A.M. Entombment will follow at Whitemarsh Memorial Park in Ambler, PA. Memorial donations may be made in lieu of flowers to American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852. Condolences and guestbook at

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Published on on Sept. 5, 2018