Bonebrake celebrated his 98th birthday May 18

Dr. Mac Bonebrake celebrated his 98th birthday May 18, 2020 with family and friends at the Bonebrake Center of Nature and History in Salem. Dr. Bonebrake is shown with his three children. From left, Tom Bonebrake, Ann Grace, Mac, and Al Bonebrake.

Mac Donald Bonebrake was born May 16, 1922 and died February 9, 2021.

The Bonebrake family helped create the Bonebrake Center for Nature and History, an activity center in Salem in his childhood home. The family donated the property, a two-story house and 12-plus acres, in 1989 to the Bonebrake-McMurtrey Foundation for educational purposes. From its inception, the Bonebrake Center has hosted programs for adults and children of all ages.

He grew up in Salem with his parents Albert Harrison and Lola Mae Bonebrake and brother Loren Clark McNeill. He attended school in Salem where he played basketball and met his future bride Jane Hughes, according to his obituary.

After high school graduation he went to Drury College in Springfield where he also played basketball and decided to pursue a career in medicine. He went to Washington University Medical School in an accelerated program with the Army and the war effort. His residency program was from 1946-1953. In his fellowship years he was awarded the Distinction of Pioneer in Radioisotopes for treatment of cancer.

Along with his medical career he spent time volunteering in the community and he received many awards. He was the president of the Missouri division of the American Cancer Society as well as the director of the Regional Medical Program. He received an outstanding physician award by Salute to Medical Arts.

He was an avid quail hunter and returned to his home and farm in Salem as often as possible.

While in Springfield he was on the Springfield School Board from 1970-1976. He worked in the Kitchen Clinic and was active in the Greene County Medical Society and served as president of the St. Louis GYN Society. He helped found the Drury Booster Club to promote athletics. He and Bill Prater were Model T enthusiasts and drove their Model T in many local car events. Mac was also active in the Missouri Hereford Association and received membership in the Hereford Association Hall of Fame.

Mac is survived by children Ann and Steve Grace, Al and Stevia Bonebrake, and Tom and Leah Bonebrake; grandchildren Jennifer, Amy, Zack, Summer, Tara, Wes, Holly, Joe, and Ricci and eight great-grandchildren.

Golf was a passion for Mac, playing as often as he could, he played his last round at age 94. He also loved telling stories about his early life in Salem.