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Edward Mackin

Edward Francis Mackin Edward Mackin, born in Oakland, son of John and Elizabeth (Hart) Mackin, passed away peacefully at age 84, December 22, 2012 with his wife at his side in the San Francisco Veteran's Hospital Palliative Care Hospice Unit, following a year of declining health. A Navy veteran of WWII, he served in UDT in the Philippines. Upon receiving an honorable discharge he graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College where he played football and later spent a year as an assistant football and baseball coach at U.C. Berkeley, earned a Master's degree from San Francisco State and a PhD from Harvard University, where he was a lecturer in educational planning.
Under the auspices of a Harvard/M.I.T. development project he worked 3 years in Guatemala and in Venezuela's Guayana Development Zone where he assisted the government in planning school sites and curricula for the rapidly expanding new population.
On return to the U.S. he engaged in education and labor relations consulting and moved back to San Francisco. Always a lover of sailing and the sea, he became a founding member of the South Beach Yacht Club and was instrumental in the restoration of the U.S.S. Potomac, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidential yacht.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years Mary (Sargent) Mackin, son Michael Mackin (Maricel), daughter Mary E. Mackin, and grandsons Benjamin, Adam and Joseph, all of San Francisco, his sister Dolores Mackin of Oakland, and many extended family members. His strength, enthusiasm, guidance and cheerful demeanor will be missed by his family and many friends.
His ashes will be scattered in the Pacific Ocean following an 8 bells ceremony and memorial celebration of his life by friends and family at South Beach Yacht Club. A Mass for his intentions is planned.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 24, 2013
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