A member of the Plastics Pioneers Association (PPA) and innovator of plastic packaging, Anthony Charles Mack, born July 30, 1940, died on July 2, 2019. Mack was a graduate of Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan and MIT in Cambridge, where he received his BS and MS in chemical engineering.
Mack worked for Avco Corp. in the early 1960s as a project engineer to develop a heat shield for the Apollo space vehicle and the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM). He subsequently went to work for Sweetheart Plastics in Wilmington, MA, where he managed product and systems development. While there, Mack developed multilayer barrier food containers, tamper-evident packaging, thermoformed and injection molded packages for major food companies, and a heated food-serving system for hospitals.
Later in his career he worked at Fabri-Kal, a large thermoforming operation in Kalamazoo, MI, where he was vice president of product development.
Mack’s professional accomplishments include 12 patents for plastic products and food-serving systems and publication of seven technical papers involving plastic research, product design and development of quality control and environmental solutions. In addition to the PPA, he was a member of Sigma Xi and the Society of Plastics Engineers.
A funeral mass is being held today, Monday, July 8, at St. Theresa’s Parish in North Reading, MA.