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Robert C. Mackeown


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Robert C. Mackeown Obituary


Robert (Bob) C. Mackeown, another veteran of the "Greatest Generation" passed peacefully, on September 4, 2015, at the Bloomfield, CT, Seabury retirement community, where he enjoyed the last nine years. He was preceded 5 years ago, by his wife of 62 years Gary Wiggin Mackeown. He is survived by his sister, Dorothy Jeroloman; his two children, Douglas Mackeown and wife Tamzen, Karen Evertson and husband William, and his loving caring friend Ursula Korzenik. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Ian Evertson, David Mackeown, and recently married Caitlin Mackeown and her husband Mike Czulada. Born on Dec 6, 1922 in NYC to Chancellor and Mildred (Brown) Mackeown. Bob was a graduate of Stuyvesant High, in Manhattan. He then earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, in 1944. He served our country as a Commissioned Officer of the Line (URL) in the Pacific for the U.S. Navy, during WW II. After the war, while as a Professor at Syracuse University, he met his wife, Gary. He moved onto a distinguished career with General Electric in development of naval nuclear propulsion for submarines, at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory. (KAPL) is a research and development facility responsible for the research, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of U.S. nuclear-powered war ships. Bob managed work on nuclear ships at numerous shipyards across the country. He reported for a time to Admiral H.G. Rickover, Director of the Naval Reactors. Much of his work was classified, his family learned only later his role in developing the nuclear reactor controls adopted and used by both Westinghouse and General Electric on submarines such as the Nautilus and Seawolf. He became an honorary member of the ship's company for many subs, while on "sea trials". He was the lead project engineer to first connect and run a nuclear reactor on the nation's power grid. Bob retired after a 38 year career with General Electric in 1987 Bob and Gary designed and built a passive solar family home in Schenectady, NY where they resided for 58 years. He earned his Professional Engineering license in 1951 from the State of New York. Bob became a Navy Commander in 1960 and retired from the Navy Reserve in 1970. As a Free Mason, in 1966 he became a Master Mason in the Grand Lodge of New York. He earned a Master of Science from Union Collage in 1966. He was always the first to volunteer: as a Boy Scout Leader, by opening his home to a foreign exchange student and with Guiding Eyes for the Blind, guide dogs. He traveled to over 60 counties, many times providing humanitarian aid. Bob was a 50 year member of the First United Methodist Church in Schenectady, NY. Bob was a fierce tennis and bridge player: he could intimidate. Skiing into his 90's he was an avid skier and member of 70+ Ski Club, and the Schenectady Winter Sports Club. He was member of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers, by climbing all 46 of the High Peaks. He will be missed by all who knew him. A heartfelt thank you goes to all the care givers at Seabury involved with his care. In his finial act; he continues to serve by donating his body to the UConn School of Medicine. Funeral Services will be private. There will be no calling hours



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Published in The Hartford Courant on Sept. 19, 2015
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