By: Colton Creel: Staff Writer
On May 28th, Dr Malcolm Rainey, a former ABAC professor passed away in peace after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Dr Rainey worked as a professor of Animal Science at ABAC from August 1st, 1998, to August 1st, 2007. Dr Rainey was beloved by his fellow peers, as well as the students that he taught at ABAC and Arkansas Tech University.
Joshua S. Zeigler and Jared Long, two students of Dr Rainey, had messages to say about Dr Rainey at the news of his passing. Zeigler said “He was living proof that one man can affect the lives of so many people in a positive way. I owe my Forestry degree to him. He helped me out when he had no reason to. Thanks Dr Mac. Rest easy now,” while Long said “I can say with almost certainty that I wouldn’t be where I’m at without him. He saved a many of us from ourselves. Heck, he was our second dad and raised us like we were his own. A great man for sure, we were so fortunate to have him.”
In honor of Dr Rainey, Arkansas Tech University has decided to establish a scholarship in his name for the students at the University that studies Animal Science, Agriculture Business. Horticulture and Agriculture Education. The scholarship will be called the Dr Malcolm “Mack” Rainey, Jr Department of Agriculture Scholarship.
Michael Chasin, Chief Public Relations Emeritus at ABAC, said about Dr Rainey “Rainey was a good guy, good professor. He was friendly. The students really liked him. He got along with the students well, and he was a great addition to the ABAC campus, and we’re certainly sorry to hear the news of his passing.”
Donations, in honor of Dr Rainey, can be sent to the ABAC Agriculture Department, Arkansas Tech University’s Agricultural Department, the Dr Malcolm “Mack” Rainey, Jr
Department of Agriculture Scholarship, or Colquitt County Hospice. Send checks to ABACs School of Agriculture and Natural Resources at 2802 Moore Highway Tifton Georgia, 31793.
If you are a former ABAC student of Dr Rainey, and want to share stories about his life, there is a Facebook group called ABAC Ag Division 95-2000