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Dr. Walter J. Mackey

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Mackey, Dr. Walter J. Retired Veterinary Historian Age 84 - Of Roseville Passed away October 19, 2008. Walt is survived by wife, Phyllis, of 55 years; children, Cathleen Quinn, Kevin (Denise) Mackey, Carol (Jamie) Kujawa & Steven Mackey; grandchildren, Kelsey Quinn, Katie & Sara Mackey, Madeline & Joshua Kujawa, & Kyle Mackey; brother, John (Florence); brother-in-law, Jerome Mallak; sister-in-law, Mary Mackey. He was preceded in death by sisters, Mary Wicklund, Margaret Mallack, Joan Kunst, and brother, Patrick. After serving 3 1/2 years in the Navy during WWII, Walt attended the U of M. He earned the following degrees - 1949 B.S., 1951 D.V.M. and a M.P.H. in 1968. He started his Veterinary career employed by Drs. Zupp and Magnusson in Blooming Prairie, MN. He had a private practice for 13 years in Hayfield, MN. He then became Director of the Research Animal Division of the U of M, followed by a position teaching Anatomy at the Veterinary College. He finished his career working as Assistant Veterinarian for the Minnesota Board of Animal Health until retiring in 1992. Many will remember him for being instrumental in founding the U of M Veterinary College and for the thousands of hours of dedicated work donated to the Minnesota Veterinary Historical Museum. He will be greatly missed. Mass of Christian Burial 2 PM Friday, October 24 at CORPUS CHRISTI CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2131 N. Fairview Ave., Roseville. Visitation at MUELLER-BIES FUNERAL HOME - ROSEVILLE, 2130 N. Dale St. at County Rd B from 4 - 8 PM Thursday. Private interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made, if desired, to Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Macular Degeneration Research or the Minnesota Veterinary Historical Museum. MUELLER-BIES 651-487-2550

Published in Pioneer Press from Oct. 21 to Oct. 22, 2008
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