In Memory of

Malcolm "Mac" McAdam

 May 27, 1940  -  May 8, 2021

Pennant No. A-12375

Initiated December 11, 2007


Lodge member and Dearborn resident Malcolm McAdam passed away at sunrise on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital, following complications from having a heart stent inserted on May 5.     

Mac grew up on Irondequoit Bay near Rochester, New York, where he ran a muskrat trap line before school in the morning and sold nightcrawlers, blood suckers and fresh caught carp on the weekends for spending money. 

After completing a masters degree at Purdue University, Mac came to Wayne State University for the Audiology PhD program.  In 1970, right after the final oral exams were completed, Mac and his wife Carol took a weekend trip to the Bahamas where she got a taste of snorkeling on beautiful reefs.  Upon returning to Detroit, they signed up for scuba certification class with the Ford Seahorse Dive Club.  That led into the forming of the Ford Seahorse Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival where Mac organized the displays for 20 years.  Mac insisted on promoting the historical aspects of shipwreck diving with displays from marine museums, lighthouse organizations, artists, and other pertinent preservation groups. 

Mac was a audiologist in practice for 51 years, but he had a keen interest in Great Lakes maritime history, and was a member of several maritime organizations, including the Marine Historical Society of Detroit, Friends of the Detroit River, and Great Lakes Maritime Institute, where he served on the board for over 30 years. 

He helped plan the annual Lost Mariners' Remembrance Ceremony at Dossin Museum and encouraged ISMA members to participate every year. 

In 2010, Mac raised $1700 for the ISMA Grand Lodge Scholarship Fund by organizing a group tour of the Detroit Salt Mine, asking all 17 tour guests to make a $100 donation.

In 2016, he was instrumental in planning the recovery of the SS Greater Detroit's anchor from the bottom of the Detroit River. 

More recently, in the summer of 2020, Mac restored a ship's anchor for display in Detroit's Riverside Park.  His account of the project was featured on the lodge website and in the Grand Lodge newsletter.   
Mac is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carol, and sons Sean (Brenda) and Ethan. 

A memorial service has been scheduled for 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 14 at the:
Dearborn Congregational Church
16350 Rotunda Dr.
Dearborn, MI 48120

An outdoor luncheon will immediately follow the service. 

The family has suggested donations to the following organizations:

Friends of the Detroit River  -  20600 Eureka Road Suite #250, Taylor, Michigan 48180

Great Lakes Maritime Institute - PO Box 1990,  Dearborn, Michigan 48121

Forgotten Harvest  - 21800 Greenfield, Oak Park Michigan 48237

Additional details and an on-line guest book can be found at the funeral home website,