We lost Tom MacKenzie on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015, after a long illness. Tom was an environmental educator before turning to an interest in boat building; initially in traditional birchbark, then later in cedar fabric. Tom’s cedar Dacron canoes built on forms he designed with David Yost, were the gold standard, the finest craft of their type.
Tom was also active in paddlesport instruction. He participated in Canoe Magazine’s famous ’85 solo rendezvous in the Boundary Waters and was one of the founders of the American Canoe Association’s FreeStyle Committee, serving as its second chair. He supported the Conclave series of on-water events and the Texas Canoe Rendezvous and initiated the Adirondack Canoe Symposium.
His many friends will remember a keen intellect, a kind voice and an abiding dedication to the sideslip in all its variations.