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Mrs. Mackey and family,
My sincere condolences. Mr Mackey was a great influence in my life. He guided me towards art education, and was the first person to show me Kutztown University. I will always remember his friendship as I was a young art teacher and just starting out in the field.


Posted by: Cynthia Jacobs Enanoria class if 1977 - Lewisberry, PA - student   Feb 22, 2018

Dear Joan,

We were sorry to hear of Jim's passing . He will be greatly missed by many who knew and especially by us. We always enjoyed and admired his artistry on cards he sent us for various occasions.He will long be remembered as a close friend!!


Posted by: Dale & Hele Gearhart - Shady Grove, PA   Feb 21, 2018

Dear Joan and Mackey Family,

Mr. Mackey filled our card basket every Christmas with such lovey pen and ink creations. He was a great teacher and wonderful partner to his wife, Joan. Just reading his name brought me great memories of time spent at Red Land in his class. What joy to teach Art... to live it and share it... Wishing you all the warmth of his memory.

Tracy Baumgardner,'83 past student
Washington, DC


Posted by: Tracy Baumgardner - Washington, DC   Feb 20, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts & prayers. I have though of Mr. Mackey often and remembering his art classes. RIP


Posted by: Jennifer Bell - NC   Feb 19, 2018

Mrs. Mackey and family, please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. Mr. Mackey was a wonderful teacher...he inspired me to want to be an art teacher, too. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Posted by: Susan (Blust) Lenhardt - Drums, PA   Feb 19, 2018

Godspeed Mr.Mackey. You were an excellent teacher. Condolences to the family.

Jim Gordon
Red Land Class of 1974


Posted by: Jim Gordon - Harrisburg, PA   Feb 19, 2018

I HAVE KNOWN JIM SINCE BEING A STUDENT IN THE EARLY SIXTIES,AND ALSO AS A CLIENT OF MINE FOR TWENTY SOME YEARS.I HAVE ALWAYS HAD GREAT RESPECT FOR HIS KNOWLEDGE,HOW HE TAUGHT,AND HIS POSTIVE ATTIUDE FOR PEOPLE .I WILL MISS HIM VERY MUCH,AS WE ALL WILL.I AM SURE .GOD WILL GIVE JIM A SPECIAL ART ROOM,SO HE CAN CONTINUE HIS LOVE OF ART.GOD BLESS


Posted by: GARY YOUNG - VENICE AND PALMYRA, FL   Feb 18, 2018

I loved Mr. Mackey's classes in junior high school. I was not a talented art student but he was so encouraging that I enjoyed them. He taught me lettering skills and beautiful handwriting. I still recall choosing Sly and the Family Stone's Everybody is a Star for the lesson where we were to illustrate our favorite song on the radio!


Posted by: Patricia Gipe - Lemoyne   Feb 18, 2018