In 1947 when Professor Mack began working in citrus at the Lake Alfred Experiment Station, he began his citrus collection. Any kind of citrus-based information, citrus industry related photography, books, or films were reviewed and filed carefully away for safe keeping. Although collecting was a passion, it was also necessary; Professor Mack was a gifted writer, and the information was used for references in the hundreds of articles he wrote over the years. When he began teaching at Florida Southern College in 1951 his files grew faster. As time went on friends and colleagues discovered his treasure trove and cheerfully added to his collection of all things citrus. By the mid-seventies he no longer had just files. Perhaps in self defense, Florida Southern College provided a room in the Berry Citrus Building and an archivist to help manage storage and retrieval of all the information. Then retiring friends and colleagues began to donate their research work files and personal collections. Professor Macks collection grew at an even faster pace.
On May 4, 2001, the State of Florida declared the collection to be the official archives of the Florida citrus industry. Florida Southern College wisely provided a home for this wonderful collection of materials at 901
Callahan Court, on the extended campus of the college in Lakeland, Florida. This honor did in fact make one of Professor Macks fondest dreams a reality.
Just past midnight on December 18, 2004, Professor Mack, my friend and mentor, slipped away quietly in his sleep. He left behind a legacy of caring enough to go above and beyond the ordinary in order to collect and preserve the history of this dynamic industry, and of finding the answers to questions asked by anyone interested in studying citrus.