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Arthur McKinley ("Mack") Reynolds, Jr. MD
August 6, 1928 ~ October 31, 2023 (age 95) 95 Years Old
Arthur McKinley (“Mack”) Reynolds, Jr. MD, of Mason Neck, Virginia passed away peacefully on October 31, 2023, in Alexandria, Virginia. Ninety-five years young, he lived an amazing life and spent his last few weeks visiting with family and friends at the Goodwin House, and listening to big band music.
Dr. Reynolds was born in Danville, Virginia on August 6, 1928 to Methodist minister Arthur McKinley Reynolds, Sr. and Susan Minton Reynolds. Always a fast learner, Young Mack skipped two grades in primary school, enrolled at Randolph Macon College at the age of 15 and graduated at age 18 in a wartime class of seventeen young men. His experience at Randolph Macon proved formative; he kept in touch with his classmates, attended most reunions, sponsored a lecture series that bears his name and was awarded a doctorate in humanities in 2019.
After a proud, but brief stint as a high school physics teacher, Mack enrolled in medical school at the Medical College of Virginia (now VCU School of Medicine). After graduating, Dr. Reynolds joined the Navy during the Korean conflict to serve as a flight surgeon on aircraft carriers. Following his military service in Pensacola, Florida, Dr. Reynolds, his first wife (Rebecca Settle) and their two young children (Arthur McKinley, III and Beverly Ann) moved to Berryville, Virginia. There, as the town’s country doctor, Dr. Reynolds once received as payment a nine-pound ham for delivering a nine-pound baby.
In 1960 Dr. Reynolds moved his family to Northern Virginia, where he became the area’s ninth ophthalmologist. He enjoyed a long career in the field, teaching from 1963 -1995 at the Center for Sight at Georgetown University Medical Center, serving as president of the Northern Virginia Academy of Ophthalmology (1972-74) and being honored as Physician of the Year at Sibley Memorial Hospital (1993).
He was an enthusiastic tennis player, alpine skier, amateur pilot, sailor and saxophone player. He and his second wife, Janet Reynolds, loved sailing all over the Chesapeake Bay – especially with their daughter, Susan – and traveling the world with their friends and family. Together, they developed lifelong friendships wherever they went.
Dr. Reynolds was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Janet Powell Reynolds, his older sister Sue and his two younger brothers (Marvin and Franklin). He is survived by three children, Susan Spies (Donald) , Beverly Raudabaugh (Joseph) and Mack Reynolds, III, (Mary); seven grandchildren, Owen Spies, Cooper Spies, Rebecca Raudabaugh, Joe Raudabaugh, Molly Osborne, Meg Reynolds, Mack Reynolds, IV and five great grandchildren.
Two services have been scheduled: a burial service at 12:30 pm on Saturday, November 18 at the St. Luke’s Historic Church in Smithfield, Virginia; and, a celebration of life at 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 19 at Goodwin House/Alexandria. Valet parking will be available at Goodwin House.