2016-10-19 / Front Page

Thomas Mackell, Jr. Was 74

Born and raised in Queens, Thomas J. Mackell, Jr. (Ed.D.) a labor leader and staunch advocate for working people, who also served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and Executive Director of the Maritime Labor Alliance passed away on October 9, following a fierce battle with cancer.  He was 74.Born and raised in Queens, Thomas J. Mackell, Jr. (Ed.D.) a labor leader and staunch advocate for working people, who also served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and Executive Director of the Maritime Labor Alliance passed away on October 9, following a fierce battle with cancer. He was 74.Thomas J. Mackell, Jr. (Ed.D.) a labor leader and staunch advocate for working people, who also served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and Executive Director of the Maritime Labor Alliance, passed away on October 9, following a fierce battle with cancer.  He was 74.    
Dr. Mackell was born and raised in Queens, the son of prominent political figure and District Attorney, the late Thomas J. Mackell, who served from 1967 until 1973.
At the time of his passing, Mackell was Executive Director of the Maritime Labor Alliance, a national organization devoted to the needs of 110,000 maritime workers and Special Advisor to the International President of the International Longshoremen’s Association.  He was also longtime President of the Association of Benefit Administrators.  Mackell had a life-long career in the management, administration and investment management of employee benefit funds, in the financial services and asset management industry, as well as in public affairs and political consulting.  
Mackell was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond on January 1, 2003, became Deputy Chairman in June 2003 and served as Chairman from January 1, 2005 until December 31, 2008. He was also a White House appointee to the ERISA Advisory Council to the Secretary of Labor from 1997 through 1999.  His book, “When the Good Pensions Go Away: Why America Needs a New Deal for Pension and Health Care Reform,” took to task many of the financial practices, policies and excesses that the nation awoke to during the Great Recession that began in 2008.
Mackell was a member of the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Dialogue, a think tank that focuses on social, political and economic issues in Latin America; a Director of the Foundation for Fiduciary Studies; a member of the Board of Overseers at Seton Hall’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations and served on the Advisory Council of Cornell University’s School of Labor and Management Relations. He had been a professor at C.W. Post Center, Long Island University’s School of Health and Public Affairs, and an adjunct professor at the New York Institute of Technology’s Graduate Center for Labor and Industrial Relations School of Management.  He was a member of the advisory boards of Empire State College, St. Thomas University School of Law, and the Corsi Institute of Labor-Management Relations of Pace University.
Mackell received a bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University, attended St. John’s University School of Law, earned a master’s degree from Long Island University and a doctorate from Rutgers University.
Dr. Thomas J. Mackell, Jr. is survived by his wife, Eileen; his brother Terrence; his three children: Thomas III, Christina, and Sean; and 10 grandchildren: Olivia, Grace, Charlotte, Thomas IV, Maelyn, Eloise, Brendan, Sadie, Christian and Tobin.   
A wake was held on Wednesday, October 12 at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home, 1076 Madison Avenue in Manhattan, and a Mass of Christian Burial was held at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on Thursday, October 13, at 10 am.

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