Connie Mack McCoy, 73, died Dec. 18 due to complications following surgery. Connie Mack worked at Oklahoma City University in several positions including director of admissions and dean of Academic Services.
McCoy was born to Clementine Croisant McCoy and Carol "Mac" McCoy in Lyons, Kan., in 1939, but spent most of his life in Oklahoma City. Prior to his move to Oklahoma, he grew up in western Kansas where he and his friends had the run of the fields around the Cities Service Gas Pipeline Plant where his dad was supervisor. The family moved to Wichita, Kan., where he graduated from Wichita High School East. He attended the University of Kansas, and graduated from Oklahoma City University, where he received a BS in Business and an MA in Teaching. He received his PhD in Education from the University of Oklahoma.
His professional career included stints at Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity, ELS International in Los Angeles, First Enterprise Bank and NewView Oklahoma. However, for many years Connie Mack's name was synonymous with Oklahoma City University in the `60s and `70s and then the Oklahoma City Zoo from the mid `80s until the early 2000s, where he was the chief operating officer and then served as the acting zoo director. During his tenure at the zoo he especially enjoyed helping acquire and place many of the animal sculptures. He had many funny stories to tell about getting the gorilla sculptures finished and delivered to the zoo.
The students, faculty and staff of the two institutions where he spent most of his career became more than his co-workers, they became his closest friends and family. Connie Mack couldn't go anywhere in Oklahoma City without running into someone who thanked him for his help back in their college days or thanked him for a zoo tour.
Although he loved his jobs, his true goal in life was to be a gentleman farmer and spend time on his two family farms in Noble and Grant Counties. Connie Mack was a member of the Rotary Club 29 of Oklahoma City, served on the board of directors of the Executive Service Club of Central Oklahoma (ESCCO) and was a member of the American Fundraising Professionals. He volunteered for many non-profits around town, and spent time over several years helping review applications and interview prospective students for the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics.
While walking across the OCU campus in 1961, he met Carolyn Corbin. He and Carolyn married in 1965. Together they spent the next 46 plus years having fun, raising a family and traveling the world.
In addition to Carolyn, he is survived by the pride of his life — his three children, Heather McCoy of Ft. Worth, Texas; Sean McCoy, his wife Riza, and their sons, Riley and Christopher; and Dan McCoy and Melissa Guajardo of Sacramento, Calif. He is also survived by his sister Carol Sue Bode; his nephews and their families John Bode, his wife Pam, children Ashley, Travis and Zackery; Jeff Bode, his wife Angela, children Austin and Ashlyn; and Mike Bode. He is also survived by his favorite sisters-in-law, Jane Corbin and Susan Corbin.
Connie Mack was preceded in death by his parents, Clementine and Carol "Mac" McCoy. A memorial service to celebrate his life was held Dec. 21 in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel at Oklahoma City University, 2501 N. Blackwelder.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Oklahoma City Zoological Society.