Peter Gerard Mack of McLean, Virginia, died on September 11, 2018, after a tragic accident on August 22, 2018. He suffered a severe heat stroke from which he never recovered, and died at the Adler Center for Caring in Aldie, Virginia. He was 73 years old.
Peter was born in Albany, New York on August 17, 1945. He was the oldest child of Dr. Arthur Gerard (“Jerry”) and Dr. Jane Andrews Mack. He grew up in Connecticut with his six younger brothers and sisters. He attended Fairfield College Preparatory School (class of ‘63,) then earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University in 1968 and a J.D. from the George Washington University in 1972.
While studying at GW, Peter met a fellow student, Ann Marie (née Horan), who also happened to be a Marquette alum (Class of ‘70.) They married on October 24, 1971 and settled in Northern Virginia, where they have lived ever since.
Peter specialized in intellectual property law and, after a stint with the Law Offices of Arthur Schwartz and then Bacon & Thomas, became a founding partner of the firm Schwartz, Jeffery, Schwab, Mack, Blumenthal & Evans in 1978. Ten years later that firm merged with Foley & Lardner where Peter was a Senior Partner and litigator. During his career he contributed to a number of legal publications, and he was named one of the world’s best patent attorneys by Euromoney Magazine in every year the distinction was given. His “AV Pre-Eminent” rating from Martindale Hubbell indicated both his superior ability as a lawyer and his ethical standards. He retired from Foley as a Partner Emeritus in 2007. After a two-year hiatus he joined the intellectual property firm of Lee & Morse in 2009 where he was employed at the time of the accident.
In addition to his wife of 47 years, Peter is survived by his son, Stephen and his daughter, Christina Elizabeth (“Liz”) Mack and her husband, Josh Jenisch, and their two children/his grandchildren – Jones Alexander and MacLane Andrews Jenisch who were the apple of his eye. He is also survived by his siblings and their wives -David (Ellen), Susan Harvey, Steven (Meg), Bob (Paula), John (Joyce) and Nancy von Euler (Peter,) three Horan brothers-in-law (John, Quin and Michael,) a sister-in-law, Mary Willhite, and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews.
A funeral mass will be offered at Saint Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean, Virginia 22101 at 12 noon on Saturday, October 20. Visitation in the chapel will precede the mass – 11 a.m. until 12 noon. A reception in the church hall will follow. Interment will be at Columbia Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia at 3:30 p.m. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Capital Caring Hospice – please designate the Adler Center. Capital Caring, 2900 Telestar Court, Falls Church, VA 22042 or capitalcaring.org. Or Inova Fairfax Hospital, checks can be made out to Inova Health Foundation with ” in memory of Peter G. Mack/Inova Hospital Greatest Need Fund/Inova Fairfax Hosp ICU” in the memo line, or enclose a note and mail it to Inova Health Foundation, 8110 Gatehouse Road, Suite 200 East, Falls Church, VA 22042 or contribute online at https://foundation.inova.org/donate-now.