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John Calvin Macaulay


JOHN CALVIN MACAULAY John Calvin Macaulay MD died unexpectedly but peacefully at his home in Vero Beach on March 25, 2013. He was born in Oneida, NY on September 26, 1924 to John and Ruth Macaulay. He grew up in Sherrill, NY, enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and served at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland, California. Following his naval service he graduated from Syracuse University and Albany Medical College. His residency training was completed at Albany Medical Center where he was chief resident and Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics. On a blind date in Albany he met his wife Phyllis during her senior year at Russell Sage College. They were married in 1955. The newlyweds moved to Boston where he became a research fellow in infectious diseases at Harvard School of Public Health and at the Children's Medical Center. He was privileged to have worked with Dr. Thomas Weller and Dr. John Enders, recipients of the 1954 Nobel Prize for Medicine. For twenty-four years as a pediatrician, Dr. Macaulay cared for the children of Oneida, NY, where he and his wife raised their family. In 1964 he founded the Oneida Area Arts Council, which brought Broadway plays, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Fielder and the Boston Pops, the the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, and many others to perform in the Oneida High School auditorium. Aware of the local need for child care, in 1971 he founded the Oneida Area Day Care Center. Both organizations continue to thrive and benefit the community. The Macaulays began spending many Easter vacations in Vero Beach with their young family and eventually grew to see Vero Beach as their second home. In 1982 Jack and Phyllis moved to Ithaca, NY where he was director of student health services first at Ithaca College and then at Cornell University until his retirement in 1987. Jack loved fishing and nature. In retirement he volunteered as a guide at Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. He was a man of faith who believed strongly in the ideals of peace and social justice, stewardship of the earth, and the transformative power of education and cultural exchange. After 57 years of marriage, he is survived by his devoted wife Phyllis, and a grateful and loving family, including his children Laurel Jordan, John B. Macaulay, and Suzanne Meyert; and seven grandchildren, Andrew, Katherine, Kimberly, Lindsay, William, Alexandra, and John Cameron. He is survived by his younger sister Rowena Dawson and was predeceased by her twin Ruth. He cherished his family and many deep friendships. He will be greatly missed. Memorial donations may be made to the Food Pantry of Indian River County, the Nature Conservancy, or a . A memorial service will be held in the chapel of the Community Church of Vero Beach at 4 pm on Saturday, March 30. All are welcome. Paid Obituary


Published in the TC Palm on Mar. 29, 2013
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