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Friend of MacDill passes away

by Tech. Sgt. Chris Miller
6th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

A great friend of MacDill, Robinson High School principal Kevin McCarthy, unexpectedly passed away Sunday while driving his wife and three children to mass. He was 39 years old.

Among his many accomplishments, he helped establish the MacDill Aeronautical Academy at Robinson, a partnership between the base and the high school, where students learned about aviation.

"Dr. McCarthy was instrumental in creating this program to give Hillsborough County students the opportunity to explore the world of aerospace to open the door to future careers," said Mel Carr, head of the MAA. "He hired me to administer this program and was willing to back me in whatever I needed for the students."

McCarthy's friends and colleagues at MacDill remembered him as kind and passionate toward his students.

"He was a very warm and caring individual," said Cheryl Tyo, Tinker Elementary School principal. "The first time I met him, it seemed like I'd known him forever. He was truly a genuine person."

He was very involved in getting the School District to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Military Child Education Coalition. Hillsborough County was the first school district in Florida to work with the base for the sake of the children.

"Dr. McCarthy wanted a close relationship with the base and always wanted Robinson students to have opportunities to reach for the stars," said Cindy Carr, director, community partnerships for MacDill. "Making Robinson safe and exploring aviation were important to him. He was delighted to meet the Tuskegee Airmen and wanted to give the whole school the opportunity to meet these heroes also."

There will be a tribute to Dr. McCarthy beginning at 9 a.m., Tuesday at Robinson High School.




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