Malcolm “Mac” Petitt, 71, a former manager of data processing for the National Wildlife Federation who later became a home builder, died Oct. 21 at his home in Charlotte, N.C. He had Alzheimer’s disease, according to his wife, Geri Petitt.
Malcolm Haywood Petitt was born in Washington. He was a 1959 graduate of Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda and attended Montgomery College in Rockville.
Early in his career, he was a programmer for insurance and data-processing companies. He was a data processing manager for the National Wildlife Federation from 1970 to 1979.
Mr. Petitt changed careers and became a self-employed home renovator, based in Rockville. He moved in 1986 to Charlotte, where he owned a construction company and worked as a home builder. He retired in 2007.
In the 1970s and 1980s, he volunteered with the Democratic Party and the Wheaton Boys and Girls Club.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Geri Mollison Petitt, and a son, Rhyne Garrett Petitt, both of Charlotte; and two sisters.
— Matt Schudel