In Memoriam for MacArthur DeShazer

  • MacArthur DeShazer (WHF 1984-85): 1945-2019

    The White House Fellows community mourns the passing of MacArthur DeShazer. Mac was a member of the WHF Class of 1984-85, and was also a currently serving member of our Board of Directors. He was also planning to lead our WHF Alumni Trip to Finland in 2020.

    Mac’s family has prepared the following words in celebration of his life. Also included below are remembrances from several of Mac’s Classmates, other White House Fellows, and friends.

    MacArthur DeShazer (Mac) was born on August 15, 1945, in Hollandale, Mississippi. He is one of eleven children born to Anzie and Bertha DeShazer.

    Mac graduated from Simmons High School in 1963 and joined his father who worked at the local Oil Mill. He also worked with his older brother at the Simplicity Pattern Company in Niles, Michigan. He enlisted in the United States Army (1965-1968) and served in Vietnam as a Ballistic Meteorologist.

    Mac received his first Honorable discharge from the service in January of 1968 as SPS/ES. He briefly attended Tuskegee Institute before transferring to Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio to join his childhood sweetheart, Janice Thompson, who he credits for getting him through the trauma of service during the Vietnam War.

    Mac graduated from Central State University in 1971 with honors, earning his BA Degree in Political Science. He was at the same time, commissioned as a RA Officer in the United States Army after serving as Cadet Commander in the ROTC at Central State University.

    As a Commissioned Officer, Mac again committed himself to a life of service to his Country. He served with honor, pride and dignity until his retirement. The second phase of his military career as an Officer spanned from 1971-1996 at numerous military bases and training sites including the following: Dichtelback, Germany (Platoon Commander); Fort Bliss, Texas (Battery and Battalion Commander); Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California; South Korea; The Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia; The Pentagon; Kinshasa, Nigeria in Africa; US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania; Tunis, Tunisia (US Liaison Officer Tunis); The Brookings Institute; The White House (Assistant Director of African Affairs-National Security Council with the Honorable Susan Rice) where he retired and was honorably discharged for a second time in 1996.

    Mac served with distinction during the course of his military career that earned him numerous Medals, Badges, Citations, Campaign Ribbons and Awards such as The Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Vietnam Service Medal (3rd Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4thAward), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm, Presidential Service Badge, and Army Staff Identification Badge.

    During the course of his military career, Mac was selected as a White House Fellow (Class of 84-85) where he served under the tutelage of the late William Casey at The Central Intelligence Agency. He began his Civilian Career in 1996 as the Director of The National Summit on Africa and as the Under Secretary of Labor under the Honorable Alexis Herman. He later worked for Lockheed Martin as Director of Small Business Development & International Participation until he retired in 2016.

    Mac is a member of several professional organizations including, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society; Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society; Omega PSi Phi Fraternity; Council on Foreign Relations; White House Fellows Board of Directors and Old Dominion Board of Visitors.

    Mac is proceeded in death by his grandfathers, Herman DeShazer and Rhoden Ross, grandmothers, Birdia and Adlay, his father Anzie and brother Anzie Jr. (Shug). He is survived by his wife, Janice, sons, Mac Arthur Jr. and William Ross, daughter-in-law Susan and grandchildren, Tristan, Ainsley and Cameron. Mac is also survived by sisters and brothers respectively, Adlay Thomas (Fred), Geraldine Lampkin, Patricia Redmond (Jerry), Birdia, Deborah, Willie, Freddie (Bobbie Jean), Roger Stanley (Patricia).

    Mac is remembered and loved by a host of nieces, nephews and in-laws including but not limited to, nieces: Tanya Whitaker (David); Ashley Redmond (Karson); Kimberly Lampkin (Anzoria, and siblings); Desharna (Diamond); Felicia DeShazer; Monica Sanders Erwin; Akilah Gilbert; (Michael & Makhai) and Erika Thompson; nephews: Dennis; Marcus Lampkin (Aenisha); Kevin (Nichole); Jerry Redmond Jr. (Jocelyn) Rashad Redmond (Lakesha) (DeShazer and sibling); Westley DeShazer (Rhodesia) (Micah and siblings); Rashaun and Harry Garrett; In-laws: Erma Thompson, Faye Thompson, Joyce Thompson and Terry Thompson (Priscila).

    Mac’s beloved friends and associates spanned the country and the globe. To his friends, know that he loved you as family. To his associates, you always had his appreciation and respect.

    MacArthur DeShazer was a sweet and gentle soul, a beacon of light, a seeker of knowledge and truth, a teacher and mentor, a pillar of strength and wisdom, a loving and devoted husband, father and OPA. “The love of our lives.” He is no longer with us in the flesh, but his spirit will dwell within us forever. We are already missing you beyond words!! Sleep well “Sweet Prince” until we meet again.

    “TO GOD BE THE GLORY” — The DeShazer Family


    Remembrance from Warren G. Morgan (Class of 2016-17): It has taken me a while to process that my White House Fellow mentor, MacArthur DeShazer, has passed away. Mac was an amazing leader, a God-fearing man, adamant public servant, and like a second father to me. I remember so fondly all of our lunch meetings at The City Club of Washington, DC. Mac helped me navigate the politics of Washington DC and the changing Presidential administrations that I was working in. He was a White House Fellow during the Reagan administration and served in leadership in the George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton Presidential administrations and was an adviser in the Obama administration. A celebrated senior military officer, he believed in public service and developing the future leaders of our country. Mac also gave me personal relationship advise and was influential in helping me decide to move back to the Midwest to lead and serve. I will miss him so dearly. My heart and prayers go out to his wife and his family. Forever grateful to have learned from this great American hero! God bless you Mac!

    Remembrance from Lew Cramer (Class of 1984-85): Mac will always be a much beloved leader of the 1984-85 WHF class. He was a devoted friend, a strategic thinker, a dedicated patriot, and a delightful traveling companion–given the initials of our last names, Mac and I were assigned to room together at selection weekend, and thereafter just about every time on our various trips. What a blessing to share so much of his humor, his humility, love of his wonderful family, and his dedication to our nation. His laugh and special twinkle in his eye were precious gifts. Even after 35 years, we probably shouldn’t share some of the antics we enjoyed in our overseas Moscow trip in the depths of the Cold War, where he was a genius at quietly and slyly frustrating our Communist “tour guides” including the late night phone calls up to our room from the “Russian friends” who just “wanted to get to know us Americanskis a little bit better.” We send our love and prayers to his lovely Janice and family at this tender time. Mac will be missed, but never forgotten. What a giant of a man in every way!

    Remembrance from Rick Stamberger (Class of 1984-85): Two memories from our WHF: As part of our WHF year, we were among the first official groups to visit Moscow in the Gorbachev era. Prior to the trip our class was interviewed on C-SPAN. At one point the moderator asked Mac how had he decided to apply for the Fellowship. Mac responded that he had requested his first WHF application while serving as an enlisted soldier in Vietnam (1966-68). Each year, he said, he reviewed the application and assessed whether or not he was qualified. I envisioned him in a tent somewhere muddy, hot, and humid, reading the criteria. It was clear from his answer that this was a multi-year assessment. On our trip to Texas, we met with Admiral (Ret) Bobby Inman. Inman had memorized key details of each biography, and when he reached Mac, he asked what he was working on at the CIA. Mac responded with acronyms that meant absolutely nothing to the rest of us. Inman then turned to us and said, “What Mac just told you is that he’s working on . . .” and provided us with the details. It was the first and last time we heard about his work — and it came from an outside source. Mac more than “measured up” in every way possible. He was the consummate professional. He served his Country with distinction. His love for Janice and their sons was palpable to all of us. He was a generous, courageous, and honorable man — in every way possible.

    Remembrance from Chuck Hirsch (Class of 1984-85): I am heartsick about the loss of my dear, dear classmate! He was one of the finest men I’ve ever known. We bonded immediately at selection days, and remained close ever since. My brother from another mother. I will be eternally grateful for our friendship and brotherhood, deeply admired his service and how great a husband, dad and grandfather he was. This leaves a gaping hole in our hearts and in our class — I can only hope that he and Pat Putignano are now having a wonderful mini-reunion.

    Remembrance from Randy Jayne (Class of 1973-74) and Nancy Jayne: As regular attendees at our annual fall WHF meetings, Nancy and I had met Mac and Janice in the past, but beyond hellos, had not gotten to spend any significant time together. That changed when our meeting planners put together the Vietnam veterans panel at Quantico last year, and a number of us responded to David Moore’s questions regarding our individual experiences in that war so long ago. At the end of the discussion, a remarkable thing happened-Mac and I were both struck, for whatever reasons, by the remarks made by the other, and approached each other and engaged in a long and sentimental chat about our experiences. While very different in the sense that Mac was an enlisted troop serving and living in South Vietnam, and I was an officer and pilot stationed in Thailand and flying into Laos, and N and S Vietnam, we found much common ground in our recollections and emotions. Imagine Nancy’s and my delight to find that Mac and Janice were our traveling companions in our small New Zealand trip earlier this year. We spend much time then enjoying each other’s company, and getting to know each other better. Janice, we are so sad, and our hearts and prayers are with you and your family, as we have lost a WHF hero way too soon. Here are three special pictures that we will always cherish of the four of us enjoying amazing New Zealand.

    Love, Randy and Nancy

    Remembrance from Alan Kopit (Class of 1987-88): The best thing about being a White House Fellow isn’t meeting the President, going on international trips or working with Cabinet secretaries. The heart of the program are the Fellows you meet with whom you form lifelong friendships. Serving on the Board expanded that universe even more as I met and became friendly with Mac DeShazer It was an honor to know him, learn about his life, and to serve the White House Fellows community with him. His intellect, wit, and common decency will be missed. We need more Mac DeShazers in the world, but unfortunately, we lost him much too soon.

    Remembrance from Cara LaPointe (Class of 2013-14): Over the past few years, I have come to know Mac DeShazer while we both served on the WHFFA Board of Directors. In every interaction and in every way, Mac was incredibly generous, thoughtful, and empathetic. Mac was the epitome of a servant-leader. He continually thought first of everyone else’s needs and perspectives and he was the ideal person to lead our community through the soul searching required when launching a major recruiting effort. Mac gave so generously of his time, reaching out to WHFs across our community to help recruit the talent that will keep our community strong well into the future. On the WHFFA board, he continually showed his courage by standing up for the paths and decisions which he thought were right, even when those opinions were not widely shared. He was generous in sharing with others the lessons he had learned across a long and distinguished career. At the same time he was eager to keep learning from those around him, especially as he courageously launched his own business in the dynamic field of artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies. With Mac’s passing, we have lost a good friend, an inspiring mentor, and a pillar of our community.

    Remembrance from Janet Abrams (Class of 1994-95): Mac’s big smile warmed my heart whenever we interacted, starting with our first meeting in the OEOB when I was a Fellow on the Domestic Policy Council staff and he was a Director with the NSC. Mac always had a kind word, inquiring how my year was going and offering to be a resource. A decade later, on the WHF alumni trip to Vietnam, I was moved by his humble description of his early, courageous service in the Army and the important role his high school sweetheart Janice had played during that period. Recently, I’ve been fortunate to work on WHFFA projects conceived and guided by Mac, including the National Recruiting Campaign and the alumni trip to Finland, and I’ve spent lovely times with Mac and Jan at regional WHF programs (Miami, Atlanta, etc.) and in small groups back home in Washington. Mac was a leader for our community and a thoughtful, encouraging friend. His radiant smile has taken up residence in my heart, as I’m sure it has for so many others, and I’m forever grateful.

    Remembrance from Kien Pham (Class of 1985-86): A true patriot. Mac loved America and served the interest of the country faithfully. At age 19 as an enlisted man, he found himself at the outskirt of Saigon in a U.S. army base, and not known to him and others, on top of the Cu Chi tunnels operated by the southern Vietnamese communists. In our WHF Vietnam trip in 2015, Mac recounted his time in that battle field fighting the underground ghosts that popped up during the nights. He moved all of us with his unquestioned love and loyalty to the country that sent him into a tragic misadventure. He was the perfect image of an officer gentleman. We are heart broken by this sudden loss. I miss him already.

    Remembrance from Jack LeCuyer (Class of 1977-78): Mac DeShazer’s life story is one of unbelievable events. Upon prodding, he would relate how he was “kidnapped” at the age of 17 by Army recruiters in his hometown in Mississippi when he went to town put air into a football. His stories of the trip to basic training in South Carolina and finally notifying his family as to his location were told with humor that belied the seriousness of his predicament. Mac went to Vietnam as an enlisted soldier where he served honorably and had many narrow escapes from disaster. Upon return from Vietnam, he left the Army and went to college where he was Commander of the ROTC Battalion, was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Regular Army and then served for 28 years on active duty in a variety of troop and staff assignments, finally retiring in 1996 as a full Colonel. During our panel on Vietnam at last year’s Leadership Conference Mac enlightened us with some of his “war stories and learning experiences” which we hope are preserved as part of the record of that conference.

    Mac’s participation in the WHFFA was one of delayed entry after a distinguished career of public service. He served as a Fellow at the Central Intelligence Agency under Ronald Reagan, served as Deputy Undersecretary of Labor for International Affairs and Deputy Director for African Affairs on the National Security Council, retired from the Army, and then held several senior executive positions in private industry. He was recently appointed to the Board of Visitors of Old Dominion University by the governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Following his participation in the WHFFA trip to Vietnam in 2014, Mac turned his attention to the WHFFA, running for and being elected to the Board of Directors and most recently, assuming responsibility for the National Recruiting Campaign to identify candidates for the WHF Program, particularly from under-represented segments of the nation — women, minorities, geographic areas (fly-over America), and business, among other groups. Mac ran “silent but deep. His self-effacing but engaging demeanor always resulted in good conversations and enduring friendships with all whom he met and respect from those with whom he served. He was in every sense the servant-leader committed to lifelong public service that John Gardner envisioned for the White House Fellows.

    Mac will be honored as an American hero with his burial at Arlington National Cemetery later this year. And as the 21 gun salute and the last mournful note of taps echo over the hallowed hillside, we will salute him with these words:”Well done, noble servant. Be thou at peace.” We will miss Mac terribly and hold his family in our thoughts and prayers in the weeks and months ahead.

    Remembrance from Nelson A. Diaz (Class of 1977-78): Sara and I had a wonderful time with Mac and Janice in New Zealand and our conversations about the fact that he had written a book and wanted to get advise on his effort. He was a man of great dignity and leadership and I remembered him since his selection by the regional panel.He had worked so hard on getting the Alumni of the WHF to take a trip to Finland – a passion he had about that country and sharing with us their culture and history. The last time I saw him was at my book signing in Washington DC at the Exelon offices and the joy he felt in sharing the White House Fellow experience and relationships. I will miss you Mac as my leader in your recruitment efforts for WHF. God bless you and RIP.

    Remembrance from Lynn Schenk (Class of 1976-77): Mac personified the word “gentleman”-always considerate, gracious and kind, a keen listener and a thoughtful observer. He and Janice were the most delightful traveling companions!

    Remembrance from Kevin Monroe (Class of 1996-97): I remember with great gratitude Mac’s servant leadership on the Board of Directors of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association, which is where I came to know him. Mac was among several Vietnam War veterans who shared their experiences at our WHF Annual Leadership Conference at the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, as we commemorated the 1968 50th Anniversary class, so many of whom served in that conflict. I will never forget the stories he shared, some for the very first time since his experience in the War, and I will be eternally grateful for both his military and civilian service to our nation and to humankind. Janice and family will continue to be a part of our White House Fellows Community, and are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Remembrance from Stefanie Sanford (Class of 1996-97): I have two vivid recent memories of Mac. The first is of a conversation we had about Finland. We were having early discussions about the trip.He was visibly excited to share what he knew about the tiny country – and what it – and he – could teach all of us. In a funny coincidence, I had done a paper in graduate school entitled The Macroeconomics of Finland – in 1995. He was amused and fascinated as we swapped stories about the funny coincidence of our common interest in the remote country – and agreed to work together on planning the trip – drawing from his deep well of relationships and business knowledge and my Kennedy School baseline of their economy 25 years ago – in many cases foreshadowing what we would observe there together next Spring.

    The second memory is a bit more bawdy. We were sitting together, along with Lynn Schenk, at a sidewalk café in Queenstown, New Zealand enjoying a glass of the local Pinot Noir and talking about the things that White House Fellows do. Then we were approached by a young man in a giant penis suit. He asked me if I would like to hear a song. This penis apparently played the recorder. Mac’s eyes twinkled as he asked, “You’re not really going to make a request, are you?

    The penis obliged and Lynn, Mac and I laughed together. I snapped a photo of the whole escapade – Lynn aghast, giant penis serenading us on a beautiful evening, Mac laughing and averting his eyes just out of the frame. Mac issued a playful dare, “You’re not really going to post this on Facebook, are you?”

    Those are the two ways I will most remember him – seriously curious and inspired to teach us about a part of the world that fascinated him – and quick to laugh and gently encourage a little bawdy humor in a café with good friends far away from home.

    Remembrance from Bill Kilberg (Class of 1969-70) and Bobbie Kilberg (Class of 1969-70): We had not known Mac and Janice very well until our recent White House Fellows alumni trip to New Zealand. These trips are great opportunities to get to know better Fellows from classes other than our own. The trip was wonderful and made more so by the comradery of the Fellows. As one should not be surprised given his career as an Army officer, Mac was a leader, whether asking questions at a meeting with New Zealand government officials or assigning seats at dinner. He was active in recruiting for the next trip, to Finland, having already done the scouting work and put together a proposed agenda. Bobbie and I had looked forward to spending more quality time with Mac. We are sad that this is not to be. May his memory be a blessing.

    Remembrance from Margarita H. Colmenares (Class of 1991-92): Mac positively touched many lives and will be remembered as a dedicated and sincere leader. He was genteel, deliberate and thoughtful and always had heartfelt words of encouragement for others. Thank you Mac, for the privilege of knowing you and inspiring us every step of the way.

    Remembrance from Jeff Hall (Class of 1987-88): I had the privilege of working with Mac on the WHF recruiting effort he initiated. Mac might be the most level-headed, decent individual I’ve ever met. One of our recruiting mandates is to do a better job reaching out to the African American community (and other ethnic communities). I am white; Mac was African American. We had some really good talks about how to go about this. These conversations were all very direct, matter of fact – there was never any hesitation to discuss touchy subjects forthrightly. I learned a lot from him – as could our entire society, I think.

    Remembrance from Carlos Del Toro (Class of 1998-99): He was my friend and I will miss him dearly. I reflect for a moment on the Angel Clarence in the iconic movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Clarence says, ” Strange isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”

    Our friend Mac touched thousands of lives in the most impactful of ways. For the past year, I saw him just about every day as we worked together closely in business and the fellowship. His smile and always positive outlook on life inspired me and my wife Betty every day. Above all else I admired his spirit, his courage of conviction and of course the deep love he had for his wife and his family . Mac always wanted to do the right thing – by his wife, his family, his friends, the fellowship and all others who came in contact with him.

    Mac will, undoubtedly, leave an awful hole in many of us for a long time. But, I am also confident that the next time I hear a bell ring somewhere on this earth, Mac will be getting his wings just like the Angel Clarence in the movie. Fair winds and following seas dear friend. We will be here for Janice, standing the watch, with you always in our hearts.

    Remembrance from Betty Del Toro: I had met Mac and Janice in a few of your Annual Leadership conferences but did not become very close to them until the Vietnam trip. This past Annual Leadership conference when Mac shared his stories and experiences I felt like he had opened a door and allowed us to enter into a part of his life (spiritually and emotionally) that I had seen in both of them, but did not realize the strength it held. I really enjoyed seeing him in the office and talking about how proud he was of his family; Janice’s new business venture, his sons, his mom, and the light in his eyes; his grandchildren. Whenever you would see Mac, he always had a smile on his face and a kind word to say. I will miss my friend but promise to cherish those moments we shared and more importantly the lessons he taught me.

    In Prayer, Betty

    Remembrance from Geoff Shepard (Class of 1969-70): I’d only recently gotten to know Mac, through our terms as WHFFA directors, beginning in 2016. He was such an unassuming guy – the very opposite of an extroverted WHF alum! Like the CIA, where he served his Fellowship year, you soon found that you needed to listen carefully to what he had to say, since he was going to say it quietly and without undue emphasis. I found the saying that “still waters run deep” was quite an appropriate allusion for Mac. Over the years since his ’84 – ’85 Fellowship year, he gave back again and again: serving in the US Embassy in Tunisia, teaching at the Army War College, holding significant positions for four years on the NSC and for three years at the Department of Labor. Mac was taken from us well before his time. We will miss his wise counsel and thoughtful insights.

    Remembrance from Paula Cholmondeley (Class of 1982-83): My husband Rex and I got to know Mac and Janice during our trip to Vietnam. His humility an openness with us was such treasure as it deepened our understanding of the toll serving in the war took on out colleagues. We were planning to go on the Finland trip because of him. His friendship meant a lot to those of us who knew him. He will be deeply missed.

    Remembrance from David Moore (Class of 1996-97): Our White House Fellows Community, our Board of Directors, and our country have lost a lion. And, on a personal level, I have lost a great colleague and friend. Mac and I walked through the Cu Chi Tunnels together in Vietnam in 2015 (actually, truth be told: waited by the tunnel entrances while our friends crawled through the tunnels). It was Mac’s first trip back to Vietnam since he served there as an infantryman in 1968. His unit had been based above the tunnels, and he had experienced the attacks there first-hand half a century ago. He told me about how – as a teenager sent to Vietnam – it was his love for his then-girlfriend Janice, back in Mississippi, that kept him alive and gave him a reason to live beyond the war. I listened closely to Mac’s remembrances while we were in Vietnam in 2015 – in addition to those of Raoul Alcala and Tom Harvey (our other returning Vietnam Veterans on that trip). When we returned to the States Mac told me he wanted to run for election to our Board of Directors.

    Mac ran for the Board. When he won he told me most of all he wanted to help with our recruiting efforts. He became the Chairman of our Recruiting Committee. And in 2018, as you know, we undertook a major recruiting initiative that involved hiring two additional staff, and committing $250,000 in recruiting-related investments this past year alone – the largest organizational investment in recruiting undertaken by the WHFFA in our 54-year history. Mac led that recruiting effort. He has been the light and driving force behind every decision we made. He was the sustaining will that saw the initiative through to fruition. The results we have produced flowed directly from Mac’s effort, determination, and vision. The debt we owe him is more than most White House Fellows will ever know or appreciate.

    Mac was also leading the planning for our trip to Finland in 2020. During his years as an executive at Lockheed he traveled to Finland 17 times, and fell in love with the country. “I want to take my fellow White House Fellows to Finland so they can experience this fascinating country that is leading the world in so many ways”. Mac presented his vision for a WHF Alumni trip to Finland to our Board of Directors more than a year ago, and then began planning the outlines for the trip. Earlier this year the Board officially approved Mac’s plan for the trip and – on July 18, 2019 – we formally announced our plan to travel to Finland to the White House Fellows community. We have, for the moment, placed the Finland Trip “on hold” while we pause to grieve the loss of our leader.

    There is one final thing I want to share with you about Mac. At last year’s annual meeting we met on Saturday at the Museum of the Marine Corp in Quantico, Virginia (as Randy and others mentioned in their remembrances above). As part of that gathering we held a panel with some of our WHF Vietnam Veterans on “The Experience and Legacy of the Vietnam War“. I was privileged to moderate the panel. As part of my research I scheduled calls beforehand with each of the warriors who would participate: Burn Loeffke, Bud McFarlane, John Mumford, Randy Jayne, Al Zapanta, Raoul Alcala, Jack LeCuyer, Paul Applegarth, and Mac DeShazer. In preparing for the panel Mac and I talked in depth about his experience in Vietnam. He told me about deploying to Vietnam with the 25thInfantry Division; about how he took a record player with him into his foxhole and would play “Little Anthony and the Imperials” during firefights with the Viet Cong; about Charlie Reed – also from Mississippi – who saved Mac’s life in Vietnam; and about how, years later when he went to college, Mac saw protesters burn down the ROTC building on his campus. On the day of the panel he and his fellow warriors shared their experiences with us. And something he said at the end of the panel has stuck with me. Mac said: “I’ve talked more about Vietnam this afternoon than I have in the entire past 50 years.”

    Please say all the words you need to say to those you love. Time is all too short.


    We extend our deepest condolences to Mac’s family, to his fellow members of the Board of Directors, to his countless friends in our community, and to his White House Fellow classmates.

    Click here to read the letter from Mac’s wife Janice in response to the remembrances from Mac’s White House Fellows family.

    posted: August 6, 2019
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