Tommy L. Mack
Sergeant First Class, United States Army
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tommy L. Mack, 77, the chairman and owner of Tourmobile Sightseeing, a D.C. tour service that takes visitors to historic sites including the Mall and Arlington National Cemetery, and who operated other parking and transportation businesses, died July 8 at his home in Great Falls of congestive heart failure.
He started his career as a tour guide with Universal Studios in California in 1964 and a year later became the personnel manager for the studios' tour division. When Universal acquired Tourmobile Sightseeing in the late 1960s, Mr. Mack was transferred to Washington as a general manager. He became a vice president before purchasing Tourmobile from Universal in 1981.
When Mr. Mack began working with Tourmobile in the late 1960s, the company had three vehicles that stopped at sites along the Mall. Today Tourmobile operates a fleet of 42 blue shuttle buses that transport tourists to many other sites, including Mount Vernon and the home of 19th-century abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
In the mid-1980s, Mr. Mack created Landmark Services Parking, which operates the parking facility at Arlington National Cemetery. In 1992, he formed Hospitality and Transportation Services, which operates satellite parking and shuttle service at Reagan National Airport.
Tommy Lester Mack, a native of Linden, Texas, served in the Army from 1947 to 1951 and received a bachelor's degree in psychology from California State University at Los Angeles in 1958. He had been a Great Falls resident since 2005.
In the mid-1980s, he founded the National Council for Education and Economic Development, an early effort to help establish what will become the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution, is scheduled to open on the Mall in 2015.
In 1985, Mr. Mack received the Commander's Award for Public Service from the Army for providing complimentary transportation to Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. In 1988, he received the Anthony Bowen Award from the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington for being an exemplary role model to youth.
During the 1990s, Mr. Mack served as an honorary chairman for the annual June fair of the Hospital for Sick Children (now the HSC Pediatric Center) in Northeast Washington. He also was a board member of the National Park Hospitality Association and Washington's National Theatre.
Survivors include his wife of eight years,
Diane Donovan Mack of Great Falls; and a son from a previous relationship,
Adam Mack of Bethesda.
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