In Memoriam: Jeffrey MacCabe

Jeffrey MacCabe, a longtime faculty member in the Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology, passed away December 29. He was 73.

A memorial service will be held for MacCabe at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, at Messiah Lutheran Church, 6900 Kingston Pike. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.

A native of Oakland, California, MacCabe received his undergraduate degree in poultry science and his doctorate in genetics from the University of California, Davis. After graduation he accepted a postdoctoral research position at the State University of New York. He taught and conducted research at UT for 33 years. He retired as a professor emeritus.

“Throughout his career, Jeff investigated the role tissue interactions and cell death play in forming the ultimate pattern of the vertebrate limb. He was a dedicated educator and communicator of science and relished the opportunity to engage and mentor undergraduates and graduate students,” said Randy Brewton, a former graduate student of MacCabe’s. He now is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology.

MacCabe is survived by his wife, Martha, two children, two stepchildren, 11 grandchildren, and two sisters.

Gifts may be made in MacCabe’s memory to Messiah Lutheran Church or to Habitat for Humanity, 1501 Washington Avenue, Knoxville TN 37917.