With the recent unheralded death of Roy P. Mackal
in September 2013, I am reminded of the passing of others who have been associated with Mokele-mbembe expeditions and research.
Some of those individuals passed away with little notice and were remembered later, or went suddenly and in their youth.
We miss them all, and our continued condolences to their loved ones, colleagues, and families.
Here is a review of that history.
2013: Roy P. Mackal, 88
This year, in September, the well-known Loch Ness Monster and Mokele-mbembe researcher, former University of Chicago professor Roy P. Mackal died at age 88.
No one was aware of his
death in the cryptozoology community or the general media.
I was the first to note his
death on CryptoZooNews
on December 15th.
role in Baby was based loosely on Dr. Roy Mackal
It was Reverend Eugene Thomas who first told James Powell and Dr. Roy Mackal
that pygmies in 1959 said they had killed a Mokele-mbembe.
Greenwell accompanied Roy Mackal
on his second Mokele-mbembe expedition to Lake Tele in the Congo.
is gone now, but remaining strong and healthy are John Kirk, Bill Gibbons, Milt Marcy, Peter Beach, Rob Mullin, and other individuals linked to past recent Mokele-mbembe expeditions.
Footnote: More information is required on the long ago death of Marie Therese Womack, the expedition photographer for Roy Mackal on an early Mokele-mbembe quest.
Furthermore, M. Justin Wilkinson, who accompanied Mackal
in 1981, may have died recently.
At Loch Ness Dinsdale, Holiday, Rines and now Mackal