Mac McGarry: An 'Academic' champion

Long-time 'It's Academic' host dies at 87

December 13, 2013

Sad news as first reported by as long-time 'It's Academic' host Mac McGarry passed away yesterday at the age of 87. McGarry hosted both the Baltimore and Washington versions of the show for decades.

I was a contestant on the show in both my junior and senior years at Chesapeake High in Pasadena, and I remember him being a friendly gentleman who was genuinely enthusiastic about getting the opportunity to present an educational show that spotlighted high school students.

I hope in addition to his personality that and enthusiasm that he will be remembered for helping to provide a forum for students to show off their intellectual prowess, even as society considered that to be less and less cool.

He will be missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

--Brian Griffiths

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