Christopher George Mackaronis died peacefully on March 6, 2020, at his home in Arlington, Virginia, surrounded by family. Chris was born on March 16, 1952, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, to the late George Gregory Mackaronis and Margaret Powers Mackaronis. He and his brother George and sister Meg enjoyed a lovely childhood making mischief at the family's Greek restaurant and spending summers at the Jersey Shore, where Chris fished with his grandfather and developed a lifelong love of the beach.\n\nChris was a natural athlete. In his youth, he played baseball, football, and basketball, and later, coached youth sports teams. He was a popular coach, especially at "awards" time; he always offered a brief story about an exemplary play made by each and every team member. In high school, Chris began his long and enviable golf career, as a caddy and player. A 1974 graduate of Princeton University, he was a member of its golf team, a group of golfers whose stellar record included winning the coveted Ivy Cup.\n\n"Mack," as he was known, wrote his thesis on Russian revolutionary history and was a loyal fan of Princeton athletics, once cutting down the net after the basketball team broke Penn's undefeated record. Despite his dedication to golf and academics, Chris still made time for what mattered: social time at the Cottage Club, where he developed many lifelong friendships, hosting lively get-togethers in his tiny dorm room, and baking cheesecake from his mother's recipe for his friends.\n\nIn 1978, Chris graduated from American University's Washington College of Law, and accepted a position in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He had become deeply committed to civil rights, and there began his concentration in age discrimination in employment which permanently shaped his career. In 1984, Chris accepted a position as the head of AARP's new Worker Equity program, which he grew into a powerful voice through advocacy, amicus litigation, and legislative initiatives. Later, Chris used his expertise as a civil litigator in the private sector, often on behalf of older workers from college professors to engineers, and continued his varied practice through 2019. Throughout his career, Chris was often called upon as an expert and eloquent speaker on behalf of older workers on local and network television, in major newspapers, and congressional testimony.\n\nWhile at the EEOC, Chris got married and had two children, Julia & George, with his former spouse, Susan. During his children's early years, he continued being an avid runner, using his lunch breaks to jog around downtown D.C. As was true his whole life, he worked and played hard, often going to the office at 4 a.m. on weekends so he could return by the time the children were awake. Each summer, he took his family to the Outer Banks, where they flew kites, caught crabs, and Chris taught his children to body surf.\n\nChris also loved the great outdoors, frequently taking his family camping throughout the eastern seaboard and to national parks like the Grand Canyon, the Grand Tetons, Zion, and Arches. Chris became an expert photographer of the western landscape and his beautiful work is now happily shared by his friends and family. Chris was a history buff, too, enjoying nonfiction books about American history and frequenting Monticello and Montpelier to learn more about the lives of the men whose ideals he admired.\n\nIf there is one thing everyone will remember about Chris, it's his affinity for entertaining. He loved to gather people at his home, preparing lovely meals and serving fine wine. He also enjoyed packing several coolers of supplies to cook for his friends on golf trips to the beach, and was known to gift homemade chicken parmesan subs to sneak into Washington Nationals games or as the most-envied snack on a long airplane ride. Chris showed love through food, even baking his chemotherapy nurses a different pastry every week during one course of treatment. He will also be remembered for his remarkable number of close friendships. His tight-knit groups from college, law school, and beyond made time for each other (and for golf) for more than 40 years, and remained a treasure in his life until the very end.\n\nWe will miss Chris' cheesecake and his spanakopita. We will miss his easy laugh. We will miss his brightly colored shirts; his desire for life to be as colorful as he was. We will miss his eight-page golf trip itineraries, his fatherly advice, his endless opinions. We will miss Chris: a true friend, a devoted father, and a warmhearted soul who shall never be replaced.\n\nChris is survived by his daughter, Julia Mackaronis and her spouse Jacob Clark of Spokane, WA, his son, George A. Mackaronis of Charlottesville, VA, his brother, George G. Mackaronis and wife Rae of Yardley, PA, and his sister, Meg Montaperto and husband Steve of Darien, CT, and a wide array of devoted cousins, nephews & nieces, friends, and colleagues. Chris is also remembered with love by his former spouse and friend Susan Rees, and her family. His ashes will be spread privately at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes in-memoriam donations to the V Foundation ("Victory over Cancer") or the National Parks Foundation.