|WALTER E.LEES &
EDWARD MACAULEY, 1931
|Walter & Ed at Jacksonville Beach, 1931
There were two Macauleys who worked at Packard, and they were father and son. Edward Macauley was the son of James Alvan Macauley and the grandson of James Alexander Macauley. Sadly, some who worked for Packard and some who did not work for Packard, concluded that Edward Macauley got his job at Packard because he was the son of Packard's President. Actually, Edward Macauley was a gifted automotive designer, and, like his father, he was a skilled manager. James Alvan Macauley (known generally as Alvan Macauley knew that, but, even more than that, he was able to look beyond the criticism that would come his way if he hired his son because he knew that through his son he could keep a close eye on Packard styling. Alvan Macauley was keenly interested in automotive design, but the executive responsibilities of his job would not allow him enough time to take an active role in Packard styling. His son, however, could do that for him. Thus, when the Packard Custom Body Shop came into being, it was Edward Macauley who was placed in charge.
In the November 24, 1930 issue of the Packard Inner Circle, Edward, as Sales Manager, Aircraft and Marine Engine Division, wrote the article titled "Oh What a Rep for "REVS" Has the Packard-Diesel Engine!" He was actively involved in and supportive of the developement of the engine and of the Endurance Flight.
In 1955, Edward Macauley retired almost unnoticed. He was not a member of the team in power then, and there were few left who would miss him, but his contribution to Packard was a big one.