Williamson, MacTavish Ph.D., BCSAC "Look to this day! For it is life, the very life of life. In its brief course, lie all the verities and realities of your existence … For yesterday is already a dream. And tomorrow is only a vision. But today, well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope." From the Sanskrit. Affectionately called "Dr. Mac" by many, MacTavish Williamson died at his home Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005. He was born May 17, 1944, in Glasgow, Scotland, to the late Margaret and John Williamson. He moved to Baton Rouge, which became his home. He maintained a private practice in the mental health counseling field for more than 35 years. Clients and friends were enriched by his infectious smile and laughter; motivated by his encouragement and perceptions; inspired by his abundance of knowledge; and delighted by his insatiable passion for soccer, especially his beloved Scottish Rangers team. His integrity, kindness and compassion touched each heart. His rare gift of embracing each person comforted and assured each to go forward with value, dignity and confidence. His clients were his friends. Even in illness, Dr. Mac continued to offer positive inspiration and guidance. During his illness, he consistently demonstrated bravery, patience and spirituality. He never missed an opportunity to burst into song, delighting even the smallest audience. His love of music, books, gardening and those resident small furry creatures endured through his last days. Survivors include brothers, David, Thomas, John and Bobby; sisters, Mary, Margaret, Jean and Maria; former wife, Jo Stander; stepdaughters, Andrea Tomasovsky and Abby Jones; his beloved pet, Patton; and his best friend, associate and caregiver, Jackie Gunter. He valued all who lovingly touched his life. Thank you, Mary Ellen, for being there. He maintained membership in a wide variety of both professional and social organizations and associations. To Wesley, remember the red, white and blue and smile!
Published in TheAdvocate.com from Feb. 26 to Feb. 28, 2005