Joseph Newlin Mack


March 7, 1926 - February 2, 2014

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On February 2, 2014, Joseph Newlin Mack died at St. Andrew’s Village surrounded by his family. He was born on March 7, 1926 in McKeesport, PA to Paul Wilmer and Mary Newlin Mack. He attended McKeesport High School and then attended Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts and graduated in 1944.
After serving in the US Army during World War II from 1944 to 1947, he attended Princeton University from 1947 to 1950 where he graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering.
He was then recalled to active duty in 1950 and served in the Korean War.
After serving his second tour of duty, he attended Harvard Law School from 1952 to 1955 when he graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree. He was later awarded an honorary Doctorate Degree from St. Francis University, Loretto, PA.
In August of 1952, he married Barbara Beymer. After graduating from law school, he returned to Indiana and opened a law practice in 1955, sharing offices with J. Millard Frye.
In 1976, he formed the law firm of Mack & Bonya where he practiced law for 23 years until he was appointed Judge of the Environmental Hearing Board, Pittsburgh, PA. Three years later, he returned to active practice and joined the firm of Tomb, Mack & Kauffman until he retired in 2005 after 50 years of practicing law.
Joe was very active in his community, serving on many boards in multiple capacities including Indiana Arts Council, VNA/Hospice Foundation, J.S. Mack Foundation, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, YMCA, Eastern Orthodox Foundation, Westminster College Board of Trustees, President of the Board for The Stony Brook School, Stony Brook, NY, Elder and Sunday School Teacher at Graystone Presbyterian Church, Boy Scout leader and White Township Supervisor. For many years, he was active in the Republican Party.
Joe was a true Renaissance man with an unparalleled intellectual curiosity. He enjoyed the arts, music, literature, history, cooking, travel, education, politics, theater, opera, gardening, fly fishing, wine and antiques. With his signature bow tie, a joy for life, a gregarious personality and boundless energy, he lit up every room he entered. He was strongly committed to his faith and his church.
Joe is survived by his wife, Barbara, and three children, Paul and his wife Suzanne, Spokane, Washington; Jonathan and his wife Kathleen, Indiana, PA; and Bethel and her husband Todd, Lancaster, PA. He was preceded in death by his daughter Melinda.
He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Natalie and Amy, daughters of Paul and Suzanne Mack; Connor and Katie, children of Jonathan and Kathleen Mack; and Macgregor and Keely, daughters of Melinda and Peter Collins. He is also survived by his brother Wade Mack of Naples, Florida.
Friends will be received from 6 to 9 pm Wednesday at the Bowser-Minich Funeral Home, Indiana. A funeral service will be held at 11 am Thursday at Calvary Presbyterian Church, Indiana, with the Reverend Richard Cassel officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery with graveside military honors provided by VFW Post #1989.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to The Southern Allegheny Museum of Art, Loretto, PA or The J.S. Mack Foundation, Indiana, PA.