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Professor emeritus dies

- July 23, 2007

Walter C. McKain Jr., a professor emeritus of rural sociology and gerontology, died July 2 at the Mertens House nursing home in Woodstock, Vt.

He was 94.

McKain, of Bridgewater Center, Vt., received his master’s degree in 1934 and a doctoral degree in 1947 from Harvard Graduate School.

He joined the UConn faculty in 1947 and retired in 1972.

During his career, he was a consultant to more than a dozen national and international civic and public organizations including the Social Security Administration, United States Public Health Service, the National Institute of Mental Health, the United States Census Bureau, and the Department of Health in the Soviet Union.

His work often led to books and articles on aspects of aging, social security, demography, the Soviet Union, and standards of living.

He studied health programs available to the elderly in the former Soviet Union, visiting nine republics between 1964 and 1987.

McKain enjoyed activities including vegetable gardening, raising chickens, growing and maintaining a Christmas tree farm, and playing and teaching bridge.

He was also an avid golfer.

He was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth in 2005, and son, Richard, in 1990.

He is survived by his children Nancy McKain Jonas, Walter C. McKain III, Douglas Seckerson McKain, and Susan McKain Steiner, 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Memorial donations may be made to Mertens House at 73 River Street, Woodstock, VT 05091.

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