A tribute to Ray Mackey
by Roy Perrin.
Ray joined the staff of the college shortly after I did in 1960.
We very soon became good friends and I learned to respect Ray's
knowledge and teaching expertise. He was a radio specialist and one
of the old school in putting the interests of his students first,
above all else. We often worked together developing ideas for
introducing new laboratory work and testing them out.
During his National Service he served as a radar technician
working mainly on Vulcan bombers, so if you ever see one of
these in a display think of Ray, he probably worked on it.
A tale he loved to tell which amused us all was that at the
time of his call up, as he had dual British and American
citizenship, he had the choice of enlisting in the British or
At an interview with an American officer he asked where he would
be demobbed if he joined the American army, England or the U.S.A.?
When he was told the U.S.A. he replied, "In that case I will not bother,
I will join the British forces".
This was the time when thousands were desparate to get into the States
and I believe that the look on the Yank's face was a picture.
That was Ray all over.
I shall miss him very much,it was a privilege to work with him.
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