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The passing of a beloved icon.

The NCMA community is mourning the loss of W. "Greg" Macfarlan, a giant in the contract management profession, who passed away October 23 at age 76.


Remembered as a scholar, gentleman, and teacher whose professional career was a constant pursuit of knowledge, for more than 40 years, Macfarlan researched, wrote, taught, and consulted about professional contract management in the public and private sectors. His presence and passion for knowledge were felt worldwide, as he taught and consulted with companies in Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East.


Macfarlan served NCMA in just about every leadership position possible. He held the post of president of the Washington, D.C., chapter; vice president for the Mid-Atlantic Region; and numerous positions at the national level, representing more than 20,000 business professionals worldwide.

"He was a significant contributor to our profession and our association, but most importantly, he was a great person and a great friend," said friend Paul Lindahl. "Whether we were in association planning/budget meetings or solving world problems with a soft drink in the hospitality room, Greg always demonstrated all things good in a person."

Macfarlan was a frequent speaker at national education seminars (NES), and during the span of his career, he spoke at more than 100 chapters, regional, and national events. Simply put, Macfarlan was someone people wanted to learn from--someone people deeply respected.

"Over more than a decade, I interacted with Greg in his capacities as a vendor (with LMI) and with NCMA," said Nick Nayak, Ph.D. and Chief Learning Officer with the Treasury Acquisition Institute. "He was always upbeat, cheerful, and positive about the contracting profession. In my mind, he symbolized everything wonderful about the evolution and progress of our profession."

Macfarlan's positive spirit, unending knowledge, and limitless dedication to the association led to his receiving some of NCMA's highest, most prestigious awards. He received the CPCM, Fellow, Charles A. Dana Distinguished Service Award, and NCMA Honorary Life Award.

Among other qualities, it is for his outstanding accomplishments and caring personality that Macfarlan will be so greatly missed. The NCMA community extends its deepest sympathies to his family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in his name to The Better Sports Club of Arlington, P.O. Box 3641, Arlington, VA 22203 or Arlington Forest United Methodist Church.

"Greg was one of the most original thinkers I have ever known. His
wisdom and counsel will be sorely missed by us all."
--Daniel M. Jacobs, CPCM, CMC, Chairman/CEO of The Federal Market
Group/Government Business Solutions

"A great professional, a true pioneer, a sincere gentleman, a legendary
mind, a leader by example, a dear friend, a great loss...."
--Fred Bowen, friend

"My heart is broken to hear of the passing of Greg Macfarlan. I last
spoke with him when I received the Honorary Life Award, but whatever
words we shared on that occasion have left me.

I do remember what he told me in 1994 as I was preparing to take the
office of national president--I remember it like it was yesterday. We
were sitting in one of the side rooms of the hospitality suite where
Greg liked to "hold court." There were always lots of people gathered
around him--from purchasing agents to corporate presidents and agency

Our conversation went something like this ... "Barb, you'll do well as
the president of this organization." When I asked him how he could know
that with such certainty, he said, "NCMA is an organization of people
getting the job done for our nation. You'll do well because that's who
you are--you identify with our members and they identify with you."

Greg also got the job done for our nation. We're all standing on his
shoulders--standing taller than we would have without his absolute
belief in us--as contracts professionals and as NCMA-ers."
--Barbara Weaver, U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of
Government Contracting
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Title Annotation:NCMA ASSOCIATION NEWS; W. Macfarlan
Publication:Contract Management
Article Type:Obituary
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Date:Dec 1, 2005
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