Dr. Mack McCormick was born in El Dorado, Kansas on January 1, 1921. Graduating from El Dorado High School in 1938, Dr. McCormick attended El Dorado Junior College and graduated in 1940.
Dr. McCormick continued his studies at the University of Kansas in 1941 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. He then attended the University of Illinois and earned a Ph.D. in February of 1951. During his studies, he took time to serve in the United States Marine Corps as part of the World War II 2nd Defense Battalion.
After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. McCormick joined Eli Lilly and Co. in research and development and retired after 30 years with the company. Dr. McCormick now resides in Florence, Oregon and devotes his time to gardening, antique maps, education, and researching and writing his family history.
The McCormick Collections at L.W. Nixon library were established in October, 1991 by Barbara and Mack McCormick in memory of Marietta Slaven McCormick, Julia Hodges Bothwell, and Velma Bothwell McCormick.