Louis M. “Mac” Barlup Jr., Waynesboro’s former mayor and high school principal, died Saturday at the age of 86.
Barlup worked for 39 years in education, first in Washington Township, then in the Waynesboro Area School District after the district consolidated.
His first teaching job was in 1951 as a fourth-grade teacher of 42 students in the former Wayne Heights Elementary School, according to his obituary. In 1953, he was made teacher-principal of the new Washington Township Junior High School, and following consolidation, he was appointed principal of East Junior High School in the former Waynesboro High School building.
He was principal at Waynesboro Area Senior High School for 26 years before retiring in 1990.
He stepped down as mayor in December 2005 after 17 years in the position.
“He was always passionate about Waynesboro and trying to keep it a vibrant community. I’m very appreciative for everything he did as mayor,” said Richard “Dick” Starliper, who took over as mayor.
Barlup was born on a dairy farm north of Waynesboro, graduated from Washington Township schools, joined the U.S. Navy in 1944, saw duty in the Atlantic aboard a ship, and came home to work on the family farm for a year, according to published reports
Barlup went to the then-Hagerstown Junior College in 1947, then received a bachelor’s degree from Shippensburg (Pa.) University and a master’s degree from Western Maryland College in Westminster, Md.
In 1973, he hired Joseph Mackley to teach in the social studies department. Mackley recently sent Barlup a note thanking his former boss for hiring him.
“It was more like a family-type relationship,” said Mackley, who recently retired from teaching. “He was very loyal to us as his employees.”
Barlup, a former Pennsylvania Mayor of the Year, showed pride for the school not only through attending every extracurricular event, but also by picking up scraps of litter from the hallway, Mackley said.
“It generated a good spirit of community in the school,” he said, adding that Barlup was the first to arrive at work every morning.
Waynesboro Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said he butted heads with Barlup on occasion, but they always tried to see each other’s point of view.
“I always thought Lou was a man of great dignity. He had a good sense of what was right and wrong,” Hamberger said.
Hamberger described Barlup as having a “strong sense of propriety.” He commended the former mayor on his work with the Rotary Club of Waynesboro and other organizations.
According to his obituary, he was a 51-year member and past president of the Rotary Club of Waynesboro, and served as chairman of the history and scholarship committees. He was recognized as a Thompson
Fellow of the club and a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International.
“He had a long lifetime of service to this community and it’s sad we lost him,” Hamberger said.