Lawrence R. Mack
1932 - 2020
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MACK, Lawrence Riedling (Larry) Larry Mack died on Dec. 22, 2020 in Austin. He was born on Oct. 9, 1932 to L.E. and Helen Tibbals Mack in Detroit and grew up in Plymouth, Mich. After graduating third in his class from Plymouth H.S. in 1950, he earned a B.A. in mathematics and a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from the Univ. of Michigan. On Aug. 20, 1954 he married the love of his life, Jane Finkbeiner, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Larry taught engineering mechanics at the Univ. of Iowa from 1958-60 and at the Univ. of Texas from 1960-2000. He was undergraduate advisor for much of his time at UT. His hobbies included census research and collecting U.S. city maps, and he donated his collection of over 10,000 maps to UT. Larry's life was full of adventure and activity. In his youth he went on many canoeing and camping trips and became an NRA marksman. He and Jane spent the summer of 1957 bicycling across Europe. Larry was an early member of the Austin Runners Club, logging over 30,000 miles running and competing in a couple dozen marathons and racewalks. In 1992 he became the third non-Colorado resident (and 53rd overall) to climb Colorado's 100 highest mountains. After retiring in Dec. 2000, he and Jane made numerous trips across N. America and to Europe, S. America, and Africa. Larry is survived by daughters Julie Peckham (Steve) and Katherine Murray (Loren), sons Eddie (Judy) and George (Carla), and grandchildren Elizabeth, Laura, and Carolyn Peckham; Randy and David Mack; Kaylin Murray; and Cael McBride and Halen Mack. Also surviving are brothers-in-law Bob (Rachel) Finkbeiner and Herb Alber (Margaret), sister-in-law Irene Finkbeiner, and three nephews. Larry was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Jane Mack, and brothers-in-law Richard (Olive) Finkbeiner, Howard Finkbeiner, and Jerry (Marilyn) Finkbeiner. Larry will be interred at Bethlehem Cemetery, Ann Arbor, Mich. To honor his lifelong love of the outdoors, memorial gifts can be made to National Parks Conservation Association, The Nature Conservancy, or The Wilderness Society.

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Dec. 27, 2020.
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December 27, 2020
We were said to hear of Larry's passing and remember the good old days with the Austin Runners Club. Larry always gave a lot of encouragement and had a big friendly smile on his face, just like in the photo. We will miss him. - Bob and Heidi Gibbons
Heidi E. Gibbons
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December 27, 2020
Larry and his late wife Jane welcomed me to their home many times during my long friendship with their daughter Kathy. My condolences to Kathy and her family during this sad time.
Michele Wilson
Michele Wilson
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December 27, 2020
Dear Julie, My condolences on the death of your father. What an adventurous and special human being!
Fred D Ferate II
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December 27, 2020
He lived a full and interesting life. He accomplished so much.
Frances Pierson
December 27, 2020
Julie, so sorry to hear of your loss.
Your father was an interesting guy, and I know you will miss him.
Ray Voith
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