June 05, 2020

Former NEWS employee McDonald dies

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. — Former Bangor Daily News employee Frederick William McDonald, 75, died Aug. 8 at his home in Bonita Springs, Fla.

McDonald began working for the NEWS in 1947 on the sports desk while still a student at the University of Maine at Orono. In 1948, he was appointed chief of the Somerset County Bureau in Skowhegan, where he remained until 1954.

As bureau chief, McDonald opened up a new territory for news coverage. He was “a very capable reporter who always did a good job when he was with us,” said Kalil Ayoob, who was city editor at the time and retired as NEWS writing coach.

McDonald served as president of the Maine Junior Chamber of Commerce. He received the National Clayton Frost Memorial Award as outstounding state president in 1954-55.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters. After discharge from the service, he attended UM, graduating in 1948.

McDonald went on to become manager of public information for Travelers Insurance Co. in Hartford, Conn., and director of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation in Washington, D.C. He later served on President John F. Kennedy’s Commission on the Employment of the Handicapped, and for several years as the director of the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind. He later became director of his own management consulting firm.

McDonald was the son of the late Frederick Michael and Mildred Dean McDonald, formerly of Milo, Sherman and Millinocket, and is survived by his wife, Joyce (Buck) McDonald, formerly of Milo, and nine children.

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