WALDO ‘MAC’ MCCLURE LIBBEY

Posted Jan. 12, 2009, at 7:39 p.m.

BANGOR – Waldo “Mac” McClure Libbey, 86, died Jan. 10, 2009, at a Bangor hospital. He was born July 21, 1922, in Bangor, the second son of Howard W. and Martha E. (McClure) Libbey. He graduated from Bangor High School, held a baccalaureate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maine, did graduate work at Harvard University, received a S.M. degree from MIT and earned a doctor of philosophy in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. In addition, he attended short graduate courses at Dartmouth University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, University of Kentucky and Case-Western Reserve. Waldo began his professional career at the University of Maine in December 1943 and retired as professor emeritus in June 1990. During his tenure at Maine, he was instrumental in starting a full graduate program in EE in the 1950s. Throughout the 47 years he was credited with initiating 14 new courses, graduate and undergraduate, in the curriculum. He was the first recipient of the prestigious Ashley S. Campbell Award for his teaching and public service. He was a member of several professional societies including the American Association of University Professors, Institute of Radio Engineers, Institute of Noise Control Engineers, the American Society of Engineering Education and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He was elected to three honor societies, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi and Eta Kappa Nu. He served on the first faculty council and for 25 years was chairman of the University Alumni Reunion Committee. He served on the University of Maine General Alumni Association Council serving as association secretary. He was chairman of the Alumni Association Budget Committee, a recipient of the Alumni Association’s Black “M” Alumni Activities Award and the coveted Alumni Black Bear Award. He served his University of Maine, Class of 1944, as treasurer. He thoroughly enjoyed working with alumni and was committed to his profession, his co-workers and his aging family. Coming from a musical family, his lifelong hobby involved music. He was a member of the Bangor Band, its Drum Major in World War II and Bangor Symphony Orchestra. He was one of the founders of the Bangor Savoyards and was seen in leading roles in 17 musical comedy productions in Bangor. He received the Francis R. Stanley Award for dedicated service as a performer in 1973. He was a member of Hammond Street Church since 1938, serving in the choir for 24 years, then the volunteer choir director for eight years. He was a former member of the Cecelia Society of Boston, under the direction of Arthur Fieldler and he sang for two years at Old South Church under Alfred Nash Patterson. He was a member of Bangor Male Chorus, Orono Choral Society and studied briefly with Eileen Farrell. He will be remembered by many former undergraduate, as well as graduate students, professional colleagues and acoustical consultants all across the country and overseas. Mac was predeceased by a brother, James H. Libbey, in 1930. He is survived by cousins, Alice K. Libbey and her sons, Robert, James and John; Libby Gulliver; Tanya Hannon; Tom Winsor; Roderic and Bonnie McClure and their children, Barbara, Bruce and James; Alan and Pat McClure and their children, Casey and Kelly; Gregg and Rebecca Jones and their children, Cassady and Christopher; and Scott and Sue Jones. Private graveside committal services will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor. A family memorial gathering will be held later this year. Those who wish to remember Mac in a special way may make gifts to Bangor Fuel Society, care of Calvin True, P.O. Box 1210, Bangor, ME 04402 or Ecumenical Food Cupboard, Hammond Street Congregational Church, 28 High St., Bangor, ME 04401. A service of Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.

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