In Memory of Robert N. MacCallum

Longtime Akron Railroad Club member Robert Newell MacCallum, 83, died on March 17 in Akron.

Bob MacCallum at the November 2013 ARRC end of year dinner.

An obituary sent to club president Todd Dillon indicated that Mr. MacCallum was living at the time of his death at Rockynol Living Center.

Mr. MacCallum joined the ARRC on Nov. 28, 2003, and continued to be active in the club until the final years before his death.

He occasionally presented his photographs during club meetings.

Aside from his interest in railroads, Mr. MacCallum was interested in roller coasters, amusement parks, theater organs, classical music and classic movies.

He enjoyed traveling, particularly by train, and once made a 32-day trip around the world.

He was part of the choirs at Windermere Presbyterian Church in East Cleveland and the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Akron.

At the latter church he served as an elder and member of the board of trustees.

He also was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Euclid, where he served as secretary, and later of the Kiwanis of West Akron where he served as president. Mr. MacCallum also served the Kiwanis as a Lt. Gov. of Division 16.

Mr. MacCallum was born March 2, 1937, in Greenville, North Carolina, the son of Alan H. and Rosalind E. MacCallum.

He graduated from Morristown High School in New Jersey and from Northeastern University in Boston.

After serving in the U.S. Army between 1961 and 1963 where he rose to the rank of captain, Mr. MacCallum worked as a financial systems specialist for the U.S. Department of Defense Finance and Accounting Services Center in Cleveland. He retired from there in 1994.

Mr. MacCallum is survived by one sister, Susanne Taylor, three nieces and one nephew.

He was to be buried at The Western Reserve Memorial Gardens in Chesterland.

A memorial service will be held on a date and place to be announced.

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