God called William McCain "Mac" Lively III home on Sunday, March 24, 2013.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday March 28 at Grace Bible Church on Anderson.
He is survived by a family who loved him very much – his wife of 40 years, Cathy; his daughter, Jenny Larkin, Jenny's husband, Heath, and their children Avery, McCain, and Ella; his son Scott and Scott's wife, Kristen; his sister Susie Ferguson; his brother Ric and Ric's wife, Jan; and several nieces and nephews. Mac loved God and his family and loved talking about both to anyone who would listen.
Mac was born on April 10, 1941, in Dallas, Texas. He remained in Dallas to receive a bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University, finishing school in 1971 and later registering as a professional engineer with the state of Texas. Mac married the love of his life, Cathy, in 1972, and they settled in College Station, where Mac taught computer science and engineering at Texas A&M University for nearly 40 years, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 2011. During his tenure at Texas A&M, Dr. Lively co-founded the Institute for Software Engineers and served as Director of the Laboratory for Software Research. He was an academic mentor to the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets for over ten years and received the Corps' Outstanding Faculty Advisor award in 1998. Mac enjoyed helping and learning from colleagues and students, be it in matters of technology, research, or faith. In 2007, SMU honored Dr. Lively with the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Mac loved playing and watching sports and was a lifetime Dallas Cowboys fan. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, driving, dining, movies, and being with his family – especially playing with his three grandchildren. Mac would do anything for a family member or friend, and he always testified to the Lord Jesus Christ as his redeemer and the giver of every gift in his life. From his beloved family to childhood friends, Texas A&M students, and colleagues, Mac leaves behind dozens of adoring loved ones who will miss him greatly but rejoice that he is at home with the God about Whom he always spoke.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Grace Bible Church, 700 Anderson Street, College Station, Texas 77840 or Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 West 26th Street, Bryan, Texas 77803.