Peter J. Mackersie
Retired AT&T software engineering manager, Maplewood Glee Club Member, beloved husband and father.
Peter J. Mackersie, 81, of Short Hills, NJ, died suddenly at his home on Friday, November 16, 2012. Born in Detroit, Peter was a resident of Short Hills, NJ for over 42 years. He was graduated from Cranbrook School in Bloomfield, Michigan, received a B.S. in Business from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Wayne State University. He served in the Army during the Korean Was as a radar technician. Peter worked as Michigan Bell in the engineering department while a student at Wayne State, and upon graduation in 1957 he joined Western Electric doing programing for its first computer installation at the Hawthoren Works in Cicero, Illinois. In 1962, he moved east to work at Westerne Electric Headquarters in New York doing computer application studies in the engineering department. He went to Cooperstown, NY in 1967 to work woth the faculty of the AT&T Long Lines School where he was in charge of the computer center that had experimental programming models that ran as demonstrations at the school and across the country. Peter returned tto the NY-NJ area in 1973 where he worked for various Bell system companies in New York, Newark, Kearny, Piscataway and Whippany doing work in the computer development and maintaining software operating systems used by the telephone companies. He also was manager of a computer data center. He retired in 1998 as manager of software engineering and services for AT&T Network Systems in Liberty Corner. Since childhood he spent many summers at Bruce Beach on Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada where his family has vacationed for over a century. He enjoyed the Scottish heritage of nearby Kincardine, the weekly bag pipe parades, the gatherine together of his family, and beach fires at sunset. Peter was a member of the Maplewood Glee Club since 1973, singing in the bass section and serving in many capacities including President, Treasurer, and Scholarship Chair. For over 40 years he and his wife were members of the Summit College Club Couples Gourment group. Peter is survived by his beloved wife Elizabeth, children David Mackersie and Heather Trumpore and five grandchildren.