Stewart Allen Macklin passed away on February 13, 2011 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice LifeCareCenter in Wilmington, N.C.
Allen was born June 13, 1947, at Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia, to William Alexander Stewart Macklin and Mary Margaret Macklin (nee, Allen).
He is survived by his wife Laura Baxter of Wilmington, NC and his children Christopher Stewart Macklin of Berkeley, California and his daughter Katherine Margaret Macklin of Seattle, WA and his stepdaughter Heath Alexander of Charlotte, NC. He is predeceased by his parents and older sister, Margaret Ann Macklin.
Allen grew up in Woolford, Maryland, and Frankfurt, Germany, graduating from Frankfurt American High School in 1965. After pursuing the family career at the U. S. Naval Academy for several years, Allen opted for a different life. He moved to Seattle, WA where he completed B.S. and M.S. degrees in Atmospheric Sciences, and worked at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory for over 35 years, specializing in Alaskan marine ecosystem research.
Allen was an avid water aerobics instructor for more than 20 years with a strong following of dedicated exercisers at several Seattle venues. A member at the Seattle Center for Spiritual Living, Allen volunteered many hours of loving service to the Coming of Age program for young teens. He was very active in his high school alumni association and kept the FAHS classes of 1963-66 in close contact. In his spare time Allen enjoyed hiking, cooking, music and travel with his wife. He is continuing his travels now in what he called the last experiment of life. Living with Merkel cell cancer allowed him to meet the most amazing doctors and health care professionals and he never regretted a minute of his treatments.
A private memorial service will be held.
In lieu of flowers, those that wish to honor Allen may make donations to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation or to the Seattle Center for Spiritual Living. You can also honor his memory by going outside every day, taking a deep breath and just being thankful that you have another day to be nice to people.
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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099