Dr. Everett 'Vincent' Mack - Ilion NY

IHS Class of 1930

Everett 'Vincent' Mack, M. D.

Pediatrician - Long Time School Physician

1930 Yearbook - Everett Vincent Mack
1930 Yearbook - Everett Vincent Mack

 

Most baby-boomers can remember receiving a school physical conducted by the district's doctor. For most of our education in the 1950s, and 1960s, that physician was Ilion alumnus, Dr. Everett Vincent Mack.

Dr. Mack was born in Ilion in 1912 the son of Everett Vincent and Genevieve (McCann) Mack. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1930; during the same time that his mother, Genevieve Mack, was serving on the Ilion School Board of Education. His mother would serve on the Board of Education for over 22 years. She also was a teacher and Principal at the Morgan Street School.

 

1941 Science Teacher - Everett Vincent Mack
1941 Yearbook - Science Teacher Everett Mack

Everett Mack graduated from Holy Cross College in 1933. He served as the head of the science department in the Canterbury School, New Milford. Conn., from 1936 - 1940. He was hired by the Ilion School District in August 1940 to succeed Mrs. Davies as science teacher. He remained in that position until 1944 when he enlisted in the service.

 

Teacher Everett Mack - Gunshot Victim

E. Vincent Mack, teacher in the Ilion High School; and son of Mrs. Everett Mack, Ilion, was shot in the arm while hunting for deer near Otter Lake in November of 1942. Mr. Mack was sitting alone on a run way when he was shot. He said he believed the shot came from about 200 yards away. The bullet tore through the upper part of his right arm. The wound was not considered serious except for the amount of blood that he lost. Mack walked to Otter Lake. He then was taken to the office of Dr. R. W. Lindsay, Old Forge, for treatment. From there, he was transported to the Ilion Hospital in the Eldridge ambulance. Dr. B J. Kelly, Frankfort, oversaw the treatment for Mr. Mack. As a victim of a gun shot wound, one wonders how Dr. Mack would react to the school shootings that have plagued our nation in recent years. Ilion Sentinel November 5, 1942 - Illion NY Sentinel 1941-1943 - 0802.pdf - fultonhistory.com

 

Dr. Everett Mack - School Physician

Everett Mack entered Syracuse University Medical School, graduated in 1950 and established a medical practice in Ilion. He temporarily closed that practice, in 1953, to further his studies in pediatrics at Syracuse University Medical College. In 1954, Dr. Theodore Carney, retired as school physician, the appointment he held for two years from 1952 - 1954. Through the years, the practice has been to change school physicians every two years. In 1954, the annual salary for the position was $1,300. Dr. Everett Mack, a pediatrician, was named to the two-year term in 1954, at a salary of one dollar per pupil or approximately $1,800. At first, the Board of Education was hesitant in granting the $500 increase in one lump sum. Due to the annexation of the East Frankfort School and formation of the new Ilion Central School District, George Purple, superintendent argued that Dr. Mack would have additional work and the pay amount was more in line with other schools. "Dr. Mack has indicated to the board he is interested in giving more than a cursory examination to the children although such examinations will be handled with care and no children will be embarrassed."

Dr. Everett Mack - School Physician
Dr. Everett Mack - School Physician

Dr. Everett Mack was also known to go by his middle name, 'Vince'. He remained as the district's school physician up until the late 1960s. Dr. Mack resided with his wife and maintained his office practice at his home on George Street. He was the father of four children, Suzanne (IHS 1956), Everett V. (IHS 1958), Mary Sharon Mack (IHS 1965) and James "Jimmy" Mack, IHS 1971. His wife, Helen Mack passed away in the 1960s. Dr. Mack remarried Mrs. Rapenske. He passed away in 1972 and was buried in the McCann family plot in St. Agnes Cemetery, Ilion.

 

Dorothy Rapenske Mack - Obituary

Dorothy Rapenske Mack, 74, of Barringer Road, died Friday, Feb. 7, 1992. She was born May 11, 1917, in Little Falls, the daughter of Francis and Mary Fitzmaurice Mead. At one time she was married to John Rapenske, who died in 1962. She later married Dr. Everett Mack, who died in 1972. For several years she worked with her husband, Dr. Mack, in his medical practice. She was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion Council of Catholic Women and the American Association of Retired Persons. Her many interests include gardening and traveling. She also enjoyed entertaining her family and friends by playing the piano and organ. Survivors include one daughter, Mary White of Woodbury, Conn.; three sons, John Rapenske of New Orleans, La., Patrick Rapenske of Gainesville, Fla., and Terrance Rapenske of Barneveld-Trenton Falls; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and four stepchildren, E. Vincent and James Mack, Suzanne Pema and Mary Sharon Loiacono. She was predeceased by her son, Michael Rapenske, and her sister, Louise Mead. Funeral services will be Monday at 12:30 p.m. at Applegate Funeral Home, Ilion, and at 1 p.m. at the Church of the Annunciation. Calling hours are Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Lung Association or mass cards. Dorothy's warmth, generosity and love of life deeply touched all who knew her. Her family vows their eternal love, devotion and prayers. She'll be greatly missed.

 

Sources
E. Vincent Mack Shot While Deer Hunting Rapidly Recovering November 5, 1942 - Illion NY Sentinel 1941-1943 - 0802.pdf - fultonhistory.com
Editorials October 7, 1954 - Illion NY Sentinel 1954 Jan-Aug - 0728.pdf - fultonhistory.com
Dorothy Rapenske Mack Obituary February 8, 1992 - newspaperarchive.com
Everett V. Mack MD 1972 - findagrave.com
Genevieve C Mack 1948 - findagrave.com
Everett V Mack 1945 - findagrave.com

 

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