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MACLYN HOWARD McCLARY Mac died October 31, 2015. He was 78. "Professor Mac", as he liked to be known, taught journalism at HSU for 45 years. He was a major force in the development of journalism education in Northwestern California. He joined the department when it had only a few majors and helped build it into a nationally recognized program. He was a supporter of an independent student newspaper, the department magazine, paid internships, and a new broadcast news curriculum. He was active in faculty governance. McClary was born in Oakland, CA on Nov. 29, 1936. He graduated from Pomona College with a degree in government and from UCLA with a master's in journalism. He was a daily newspaper reporter and news editor in Los Angeles before coming to Humboldt in 1967. Mac was recognized in 1984 as California Outstanding Journalism Professor of the year by the CNPA. He was also named to the Northern California Journalism and Broadcasting Hall of Fame and was honored by the HSU Disabled Students program, the HSU Library, and the General Faculty. He published widely and presented papers internationally, particularly as part of the University of South Carolina's First-Year Experience program. He was the author of the text, "Issues in Journalism." He was proud of his teaching evaluations, reflecting his reputation as one of HSU's favorite instructors. Mac officially retired in 2002 but continued to teach part-time and in the HSU OLLI program. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ann Parker Chamberlain who was his college sweetheart, two sons, Howard and his wife Lori, John and his partner Jackie, grandsons Tucker and Maxwell and his wife Lindsey, his brothers, Michael and Louis, and others. Mac ran 21 marathons between l979 and l990, including officially finishing Boston. He was a member of the Six Rivers Running Club and the Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, which honored him in 2013 for 50 years as a Mason. Services will be held at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 1675 Chester Avenue, Arcata on Monday November 23rd at 2 pm. Donations to St. Alban's or Hospice of Humboldt. Please sign the guestbook at under obituaries.

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Published in Times-Standard from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2015.
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November 5, 2016
This is a much too belated addition to the list of comments preceding; however, I found a copy of Mac's obit while cleaning out-- and am moved to remember.

Mac was part of a team of faculty in the Jn. program in the late 60s (including Howard Seaman [sp?:memory fading...]), most importantly) who used our own experience as the focus of our emerging talents as writers. Those "turbulent times" -- even at "curtained" HSC prompted Mac to force us to write to the moment, in spite of our own feelings. Objectivity and accuracy-with-evidence was the mantra and he pursued it, in us, continuously. Life lessons well learned. Bless you, mentor-of-mine.
Eric Oyster, Class of '71
August 23, 2016
Mac was a good teacher, full of humor which dampened the dryness of some of his classes. I'll always appreciate the guidance he gave me while I was at HSU in the late '90s.
John Baker
December 28, 2015
Ben Middleton and I (James McNelis), classmates at AHS, want to forward our condolences. Both of our own fathers also passed in the last few months.
James McNelis
December 1, 2015
I have great memories of Mac. I was in his first journalism class at HSU and he was my first college professor...what a wonderful beginning. He will certainly be missed.
Bonnie Julien
November 22, 2015
Mac had a wonderful life with Ann and he will be greatly missed.
Maris I and Maris II Sidenstecker
Maris Sidenstecket
November 22, 2015
Mac will be greatly missed. I had him throughout my Journalism years at HSU, beginning in the fall of 1968. I still chuckle when I recall the glee/humor in his voice when he would say "ladies and gentlemen, they don't give masters degrees from UCLA for nothing."

Mac had to add that particular phrase to punctuate yet another journalistic insight. I loved the great leads that Mac could throw together at the spur of the moment. They really showed his great writing talent. He was an outstanding role model.

Joe Giovannetti, class of 1972
Joseph Giovannetti
November 21, 2015
Mac will be missed and I have known him for decades as a colleague at HSU. My most prevalent memory of Mac is his constant smile and personable greeting when we would meet on/off campus.
Kenneth Fulgham
November 20, 2015
Mac was the soul of joy, looking back in time with stories about his "trophy wife," his twin brother--"very good-looking," he would chuckle, his sons' accomplishments and weekly news reports, the endless expertise and thoughtfulness of Lori, his students who went on to become journalists, the nice things everyone had to say or did, and all his running buddies' PRs. And he looked forward, always forward on the track or on the street, telling new stories and old jokes and making everyone laugh and keep running, and he always looked forward to teaching another semester. I have never had a friend I saw more often but so little, since we ran side by side, looking forward, for 30 years. I miss you, Mac!
Valerie Markin
November 20, 2015
Mac was one of my role models, trotting around the football field with his huge walking stick when he could hardly walk, not willing to give in to the aches and pains of old age. He was always cheerful and positive. I'll miss seeing him.
Peter Lehman
November 18, 2015
Mac was by far the best professor I ever encountered. His encouragement kept me (and many others) plugging away at my degree when I was feeling hopeless.
Steve Swanson
November 17, 2015
Mac had a great chuckle, sparkling eyes and hawk-sharp vision when it came to quality journalism. He set the tone for us to understand journalism and aspire to improve the profession and society at large through it. Condolences to the family.
Emily Kratzer, '76
November 16, 2015
I began looking up to Mac when I entered his class in the fall semester of 1967. I continued to look up to him, as well as used all that he taught me. I thank him for my 35-year journalism career. Alann Steen, Class of 1967
Alann Steen
November 15, 2015
Mac was a great and memorable teacher, whose voice and warm humor will live on in the hearts of his many students for a long, long time. My sympathy to his family.
Mitch Waldow
November 15, 2015
From one of your first students at HSU in the late 60s: Thank you, Mac. RIP
Barry Jeffers
November 14, 2015
I will miss Mac, but I will also remember him for his life lessons. Memories of his dogged determination to keep circling Redwood Bowl still inspire me. Mac's positive and welcoming attitude always provided an example of how one should look at life and treat others. And of course, his noted wit and humor, would remind me of the importance of a smile. And these lessons are just from a colleague whom I mostly just saw at the track or gym, so I can only try to imagine how important he was to the many other lives he touched.
Mark Rizzardi
November 14, 2015
Thanks, Mac, for your humor and inspiration. It lasted well beyond my years at HSU.
Bill Green
November 14, 2015
Mac was a great friend and mentor, and someone who loved teaching! We will miss him, especially his puns and advice on journalism ethics.
Mark Larson
November 14, 2015
Mac added so much to my life especially with his stories and jokes delivered with abundant brio. It was always a treat to run around the track with him at HSU leaving me feeling a little lighter in spirit for the rest of the day. I never talked to a student, including one of my daughters, who didn't list him as one of their favorite teachers at HSU. Well done Mac.
Carl Fullbright
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