Stewart “Allen” Macklin

June 14, 1947 - February 13, 2011
Stewart “Allen” Macklin

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


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  • February 15, 2011
    Ellen DePalma says:
    Laura, I had the pleasure of meeting you and Allen in Seattle (part of Barbara's 'coterie' that were cruising to Alaksa) about 3 years back...and of keeping up, through emails, with the amazing journey you two have traveled in the time since....19 years ago my husband and I walked a similar gauntlet, so I know how tired you are right now. But what a beautiful spirit you and Allen both showed through all of this...his joie de vivre and courage, and humor, were palpable in any emails I got to see with updates....I know you will cherish those memories forever. I am sending you sincere condolences on your loss, and, eventually, hoping for you nothing but the beautiful memories of your time together, to sustain you. Sincerely, Ellen DePalma

  • February 17, 2011
    Paula Nelson says:
    Allen is a wonderful boy and I enjoyed many visits with him in Seattle.I know he is bringing joy wherever he is right now.

  • March 03, 2011
    The Kindred Family says:
    We are saddened to hear of your loss of Allen. May each new day ease the burden of your sorrow with God's (Ps.147:3) loving help. Our loved ones may be gone from our touch but never from our heart.

  • February 17, 2011
    JACK BLUME says:
    I ALWAYS CONSIDERED IT A PRIVILEGE AND HONOR TO BE ALLEN'S FRIEND. HE'LL ALWAYS BE A PART OF ME AND I WILL TAKE A DEEP BREATH WHEN OUTSIDE AND BE THANKFUL THAT I HAD THE GIFT OF KNOWING ALLEN.