Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm


Haufbrau House


Richard “Dick” Mackie, Ph.D. passed away unexpectedly Jan. 6, 2018. His last day was a good one ending with his attendance at the Friday afternoon “seminar” at the Haufbrau with his Biology colleagues to discuss deer, habitat, and all things wildlife related.

Dick was born in a log cabin in Foster City, Michigan, on July 6, 1933 to Arvid and Ruth Mackie. All his grandparents immigrated from Finland and he enjoyed researching his genealogy. He was big brother to 4 siblings -- Roger (Sharon) Mackie, sister Jan (Bud) Upsahl, brother James Mackie, and sister Linda Mackie. Following graduation from high school and briefly working a factory job, Dick enlisted in the army. After his 2-year service, he attended Michigan State and received his B.S. in 1958.

On June 22, 1957 Dick married Barbara Ann Rye, in Kingsford, Michigan. Within a year they moved across the country to Pullman, Washington for Dick to pursue his Master’s Degree in Wildlife Biology at Washington State University. In Pullman, their first child (Bryan) was born in 1958. The family moved to Lewistown, Montana for his deer research position. In 1961, their second child (Alan, “AJ”) was born. In 1963 Dick and Barb and the boys moved to Bozeman for Dick to work on his doctorate degree in Wildlife Management at Montana State University and completed it in 1965. Their next move (with Barb pregnant again) was to a position at U. of Minnesota. Leann was born in March 1967. After 4 years in Minnesota researching deer and moose, Dick accepted a Montana State University position as researcher/collaborator with MT Fish and Game to bring the family back to Bozeman. This was approximately their 13th move in 10 years, Barb was pregnant again, and their fourth child Lorelyn, was born in Bozeman while Dick was in the Missouri Breaks for a meeting.

As a professor at MSU researching deer through his retirement in 1995, Dr. Mackie was internationally considered “one of the best” in deer research and his many graduate students can attest to his tough standards for their research programs. His family will never forget the phrase “let’s see what this doe’s been eating” upon seeing a dead deer.

Dr. Mackie was President of the National Wildlife Society and also held the state and regional president positions. He was an avid supporter of proper management of lands to benefit both wildlife and landowners. Following retirement, he and Dr. Bob Eng worked as a consultants around the state of Montana. His legacy of research and studies continues today through the many graduate students he taught and worked with over the years and in the many papers and books he published.

With retirement, Barb and Dick purchased 20 acres on the Missouri River/Hauser Lake. Most of the projects are complete with housing for many, lots of fishing and boating, sapphire digging in our mines and just “watching the lake go by.” The lake is the gathering place for our family and for our relatives and friends the Welcome Mat is always in place!

Dick was preceded in death by his father, Arvid Mackie, mother Ruth Rein Mackie, his youngest sister Linda Mackie, youngest brother James Mackie, his in-laws Sara and Isaac Rye, brothers-in-law Donald Rye and Doug Vicenzi, and nephew Nick Vicenzi. He is survived by his wife, Barb Mackie, children Bryan (Liz) Mackie, Alan (Shelly) Mackie, Leann (Michael) Stacey, Lorelyn (Jason) Mayr, grandchildren Sara (Ryan) D’Agostino, Hanna Mackie (Todd Henrich), Jacob and Jonathan Mackie, Aidan, Samantha, and Jack Mayr, Jessica (Jason) Scales, Matthew Stacey, Shannon Howard, and great-grandchildren Jayden Howard and Henry Scales.

Dick’s ashes will be spread over the Missouri River Breaks when the gumbo is dry. Until then we will celebrate his life lifting a glass of beer Friday at the Haufbrau seminar (4-6 p.m.) and with a party Saturday, Jan. 13. Friends, students, and anyone who knew Dick are welcome to join us. The Saturday event will be an open house at the Fish, Wildlife & Parks Building located at 1400 South 19th Avenue in Bozeman, from 12-5 p.m. In Dick’s memory, please read a book and give a hug to someone special. In lieu of flowers, he would appreciate memorial donations to the MSU Alumni Foundation Don C. Quimby Graduate Research Scholarship (his PhD professor) P.O. Box 172750, Bozeman, MT 59717 or to the Bozeman Senior Center. 


University Communications
Connie Lange