William P. Mack, Jr., MD

Class Year




Posted on: February 6, 2024

William Paden Mack, Jr., 80, recently of Richland, Washington, died December 17, 2023, at home with his family. He was born April 20, 1943, on North Island, Coronado, California, where his father was serving with the US Navy.

Bill graduated from Hammond High School, Alexandria, Virginia, where he played varsity basketball, baseball, and cross country, and served as senior class president. He was still especially fond of participating in his Class of ‘61 reunion planning group. After graduating from Princeton University in 1965, where he joined the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps, he served on active duty as a Navy Surface Warfare Officer. He later graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, and worked for the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Postal Service. He cowrote with his father a military history novel about WWII in the Pacific.

Most of Bill’s adult life was spent in and around Annapolis, Maryland, where he was a longtime member of St. James’ Episcopal Parish, Lothian. He loved information and remembered most of what he learned, unless it involved making computers or cell phones work and then he had to beg his kids for help. Some of Bill’s favorite activities were playing tennis and beach volleyball, often with his wife when they were younger; telling dad jokes and stories; loving and hating golf; and best of all working on model railroads with his grandson. He was always fascinated by history and politics, although not always happy with the results; and he was mostly always loyal to his beloved Washington Capitals, Commanders, and Nationals teams. He also loved all the family’s pet dogs; family gatherings; coaching his kids’ youth sports teams; and being out in nature, as long as there was no camping or riding animals involved.

Bill is survived by his wife Marjorie (Marjie) Talcott Johnston Mack; sons, Ryan William Mack (Meghan) of Walla Walla, Washington, and Eric Christopher Mack of Stevenson Ranch, California; grandson Reid Stanley Mack of Walla Walla; sister Margaret Mack Opsahl (Michael), of Kirkland, Washington; stepbrother, Henry Day Sutherlin (Pamela), of West Point, Virginia; and stepsister, Saunders Hedberg (Paul) of Walkerton, Virginia; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Paden Mack and Ruth George McMillin, of Annapolis; stepmother, Elsie Sutherlin Mack, of Annapolis; and siblings, Bruce Mack and Ellen Mack, both of whom died in infancy.