John L. Mace ’49 died June 21, 2009, in Brunswick.
He was born in Springfield, Mass., on October 17, 1926, and prepared for college at Classical High School in Springfield and Placer Union High School in Auburn, Cal. He transferred to Bowdoin from the University of California and joined Psi Upsilon fraternity. After college, he embarked on a career in business management, with positions at Spaulding Sporting Goods, American Optical Co., Container Corporation of America, and finally Jiffy Manufacturing Company, where he worked until retiring in 1983 as vice president of the subsidiary Jiffy Packaging. In his retirement, he volunteered countless hours at Bowdoin, conducting about 1,000 mock executive interviews for graduating seniors over 11 years. He is survived by Elizabeth Norris Mace, his wife of 59 years; two sons, John Mace Jr. ’74 and Stephen Mace; a daughter, Cynthia Mace; a sister, Luanne Crosby; and one grandson.