Guy J “Red” Mackey

Guy J “Red” Mackey

Glasgow, Barren County, Kentucky, USA
Death 22 Feb 1971 (aged 65)
Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA
Burial West Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA
Plot Sec C, Lot 146
Memorial ID 94915690 · View Source
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Red Mackey, Purdue Sport Chief, 65, Dies
LAFAYETTE, Ind., Feb. 22 [Special] – Guy (Red) Mackey, Purdue University athletic director, died in Home Hospital here tonight after a 3½-month illness following a stroke and leg amputation.
Mackey, at 65 the dean of Big Ten athletic directors, suffered the stroke last November 8 and had his right leg amputated in December at Mayo Clinic after circulatory problems developed. He suffered a second stroke while hospitalized.
Athletic director at Purdue since 1942, Mackey had spent a total of 45 years associated with the university as student, coach and administrator. Under his direction, Purdue constructed a $6 million domed basketball arena which was completed for the 1967-68 season. Five times he directed enlargement of Ross-Ade Stadium until it could seat 67,000 fans for football.
A football enthusiast, Mackey was an ardent supporter of the Big Ten’s no-repeat rule for the Rose Bowl. It prohibits a school from playing in the bowl twice in succession. “I’m glad we didn’t change it,” Mackey said of the rule. “I’d hate to see a dynasty created by a team going back year after year.”
In his student days, Mackey was a varsity football end, earning honorable mention on the All-American team. He later was assistant freshman football coach, varsity assistant, and administrative assistant to the director.
Born in Glasgow, Ky., in 1905, Mackey was graduated from New Albany (Ind.) High school before enrolling at Purdue in 1925. He received a B.A. degree in agriculture in 1929 after spending almost as much time in the football fields as the corn fields.
One of his gridiron opponents was the current Purdue president, Dr. Frederick Hovde, who then attended Minnesota. Speaking at a surprise testimonial for Mackey years later, Hovde said, “Red Mackey is one of the few men I have known who has always practiced what he has preached. I thank him for the advice, loyalty, leadership and deep integrity he has given the university.” The Indiana General Assembly paid tribute to Mackey last month by adopting a resolution commending him for contributions to intercollegiate athletics.
Mackey served on numerous Big Ten and N.C.A.A. committees, including a recent stint on the television committees of both groups. He also held membership on a committee directing finances for the Big Ten’s Western Conference office.
Survivors include his wife, Goldie, of Rensselaer, Ind., his mother, Myrtle, and brother, Weston, who both live in Lafayette; and a second brother, Malcomb, of Freemont, Ohio.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Central Presbyterian Church in Lafayette. Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery. The family has suggested contributions to the Purdue Alumni Scholarship Fund.
[Chicago Tribune, Tue, Feb. 23, 1971]

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