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About Walter C. Mack

Walter C. Mack was an All-American track and cross-country runner and an Olympic hopeful when he began his academic career at Michigan State College in the fall of 1940. Within 20 months, during the height of World War II, Walter enlisted. A foot injury sustained in combat led to Walter’s medical discharge in 1945. Although the injury dashed any hope for Olympic competition, it did not end Walter’s athletic career. He returned to Michigan State, where he successfully competed in track and cross-country and recaptured his All-American status.

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1947 (MSU College of Education, Physical Education major), Walter taught for a short time at Eastern High School in Lansing, Michigan. He was accepted for graduate study at Columbia University and was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Political Science and History (1948).

Walter’s next important move was to southern California, where he met (and married) Patricia. Walter taught World History at Eliot Junior High in Pasadena. His sports career continued as well—he served as track and cross-country coach at Eliot Junior High School, John Muir High School, and the California Institute of Technology.

As an athlete, a soldier, a student, a teacher and a coach, Walter C. Mack has excelled. Throughout his career, he has steadfastly pursued his primary objective: To provide the opportunities and set the example that would inspire the students and athletes in his charge to do their best.

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