November 14, 1940 ~ February 3, 2019

Born in: Newton, Massachusetts
Resided in: Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Roland ‘Mac’ McEldowney died at the age of 78 on Sunday, February 3, 2019 surrounded by his family.  He loved his family and friends dearly.  Many in the Evergreen community will remember Mac for his long-time membership and work with Blue Spruce Kiwanis, his support of the Evergreen Center for the Arts, and his stunning photography of African peoples, animals, and landscapes.

Mac was born in Newton, Massachusetts on November 14, 1940.  His love of the natural world led him to a career as an exploration geologist.  He began his lifelong adventures in Africa by traveling to Ghana, W. Africa with the 1963 class of the U.S Peace Corps.  He spent 2 years mapping ore deposits for the Ghanaian government, drilling the bauxite deposits by hand.  Mac summited Mt. Kilimanjaro during his Peace Corps experience and considered that a major life accomplishment.  On the way back to the U.S. he met his future wife, Barbara McEldowney, in Paris.  Never one to waste time, within a few days he had proposed to Barbara.  They spent the next 53 years happily exploring the world and raising a family together.

Mac was an adventurer, an eternal optimist, and risk-taker.  Coming back from Africa with his young wife, he started a Master’s thesis working in northern Baja, Mexico. While there he made a discovery of marine fossils, proving that the Baja peninsula was once under the Pacific Ocean and had been uplifted.  Mac started several mineral exploration companies, designed and minted coins, built a cabin, re-developed a gold ore deposit outside of Bibiani, Ghana and retired at the age of 55 after being charged by an elephant in Burkino Faso.  In retirement Mac reinvented himself and began his second career as a professional photographer.  His love of people and the natural world is evident in his subject matter; specializing in images of African tribes, southwestern Native American tribes, African wildlife, and African and western U.S. landscapes.

Mac is survived by his wife Barbara; children Richard (Phoebe), Scott (Lisa), and Katie (Shawn); sister Marcia (Jim); grandchildren Kailien (Sean), Ramsay (Justine), Saylor, Cameron, and Ritter; and a great-granddaughter Skaia.  His family and friends will miss him.

A celebration of life for Mac will be held at 1pm on Sunday, February 10th at Wind Crest Retirement Community in the Red Rocks Room, High Line Overlook building, 2975 Summer Wind Lane, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129.

We invite you to join us to remember and honor Mac’s life with your photos and stories.

In lieu of flowers or other gifts, please consider a donation to:

Blue Spruce Kiwanis Foundation
c/o Evergreen National Bank
Attn: Rose Smith
P.O. Box 2020
Evergreen, CO  80437

(Please include a check memo: ‘Mac McEldowney’)


Celebration of Life: February 10, 2019 1:00 pm

Wind Crest Retirement Community in the Red Rocks Room - High Line Overlook Building
2975 Summer Wind Lane
Highlands Ranch, Colorado 80129

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  1. We’ve known Mac and Barbara for 62 years. School days at Williston Academy—Cabin days later on.
    Mac’s passion for the outdoors will never be surpassed. Good Man—To the McEldowney family may he rest in peace. Barbara carry on.
    John and Judy Harper

  2. We had the highest regard for Mac. Our community has missed him since he left Evergreen. Mac was an inspiration for all of us to live by.

  3. I didn’t know Mac, but I am good friends with his son Richard. Richard is a good friend, dad, and husband and I know he must have learned that from his father. I hope the family and feiends spend the day remembering the good times and special moments with Mac.

  4. Condolences to the family. Both “Mac” and Barbara are “larger than life” people to us. Adventurous, kind, accomplished and wonderful community citizens. We are fortunate to have known you. Barbara, keep well and lots of love.

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