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January 9, 2017

Donald William MacDonald, (Dec. 14, 1930 – Jan. 9, 2017). Ripley native Dr. Donald William MacDonald, DVM, Msc, of Edmonton, Alberta, died Jan. 9, 2017, at the age of 86. Born in Ripley, he graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph in 1954. He opened his practice in Daysland, Alberta, that same year. In 1955, he moved his practice to Lacombe where he met and married his wife, Jean, in 1966. He obtained an MSc. from the University of Saskatoon and was appointed the provincial animal pathologist for Alberta in 1967, a position he held until his retirement in 1992. He is a life member of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA) and the American equivalent. Don had a life-long interest in education and military history. He attended spring sessions of adult education at the University of Alberta, is a published author, and was instrumental in writing the history of veterinary medicine in Alberta. He was a regular contributor to the ABVMA magazine and wrote several featured articles published during the Alberta centennial in 2005. He remained active in his community. He was a life member of the 418 Squadron (City of Edmonton) Association and a long-time volunteer at the aviation museum on Kingsway. He was presented with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Jean of Edmonton; sons, Donald MacDonald of Fairview, Alberta, and Roderick MacDonald of Lake Louise, Alberta; one grandchild; and his brother, Bob (Anna) MacDonald of New Brunswick. He was predeceased by his sister, Margaret Foyston; and brother, Douglas MacDonald. A private family service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to the Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) at

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