The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0808 Friday, 15 March 2002
Date: Friday, March 15, 2002
Subject: Professor Ron MacDonald
Professor Ron MacDonald passed away on March 8, 2002. The following is
an obituary in his honor:
From the "Daily Hampshire Gazette"
Monday, March 11, 2002 -- NORTHAMPTON - Ronald Russell Macdonald, 58, of
42 Franklin St., an English professor at Smith College, died March 8 at
Mr. Macdonald had taught in the English department at Smith College
"This is a shocking loss and a deep one for Smith," said John Connolly,
acting president of the college. "Ron was a pillar of this community in
so many ways - first and foremost through his amazing intellect and deep
engagement in intellectual matters. And he was a wonderful conversation
partner about any number of topics."
Susan Bourque, provost and dean of the faculty at Smith, said, "You
could always depend on him for an honest answer, and therefore he was
the most trusted of friends and colleagues ... He was one of the key
people to bring (incoming Smith College president) Carol Christ to our
attention. He really cared about the well-being of the institution.
Ron's loss is a tremendous blow to our community."
Mr. Macdonald was a Carnegie Teaching Fellow in English from 1966 to
1967 at Yale University. In 1989 he was a visiting associate professor
at Williams College in Williamstown.
Mr. Macdonald, was an author of books and scholarly articles and, in the
past, had written play reviews for the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
He leaves his wife, Marian V.H. Macdonald; two daughters, Rachel Simpson
Lindsey of Northampton and Maria Q. Simpson of Seattle, two sons,
Michael T. Simpson of St. Louis, and Robert A. Simpson of Washington,
D.C.; a sister, Jennifer M. DeWolf of Bristol, R.I.; four grandchildren;
and a niece and two nephews.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Smith College Rare Book Room or the
Smith College Botanic Gardens, in care of the Treasurer's Office,
College Hall, Smith College, 01063.
A memorial service was Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. in Helen Hills Hills
Chapel at Smith College.
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