News of Donald McDonald
This note will be of interest to all friends and students of Donald McDonald, beloved organ teacher at Westminster Choir College for many years. For those who did not have the chance to know him, he graduated from Union Theological Seminary, and was on the roster of the Lillian Murtaugh Artists Management. John Apple was among his students. The following information was sent in by Mark Laubach.
Dear friends and past students of Donald McDonald:
Glenn Miller (WCC Class of 1977) just sent me this update on “D McD” and I wanted to be sure to share the news with all of you on my list. Please, if you know of other past students and friends of Donald’s who are /not /on my list here, feel free to pass this information on to them.
I just learned this weekend from a friend in NYC, Ronald Berresford (WCC ’74), that Donald McDonald is now in an assisted living facility in Dallas TX. In February he planned a 49 day cruise to Australia. He fell on the ship very early in the trip and was air lifted to Dallas where he has a niece who has taken a strong part in assisting him. I
haven’t spoken with him, but I learned also from Ron that he is probably now confined to a wheel chair for the remainder of his life and that he’ll remain in Dallas. Ron says that he’s made peace with that and doesn’t want anyone to feel sorry for him. Ron also said that his mind is sharp as a tack.
His new address is:
Grace Presbyterian Village
550 E. Ann Arbor
Assisted Living #2
Dallas TX 75216
You may remember that Donald turned 90 this past February 22nd. I emailed and tried calling him around that time, but as we now know, this is when he was on his cruise to Australia. Please do keep D McD in your thoughts and prayers. I’m sure he’d be thrilled to hear from you, either by mail or by phone!
All best wishes to each and every one of you!
Canon Mark Laubach, Organist & Choirmaster
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
Pro-Cathedral of the Diocese of Bethlehem
35 South Franklin Street
Wilkes-Barre PA 18701
Church Phone: (570)825-6653
Mark’s Mobile Phone: (570)704-7055