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.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Dec. 27, 2020.