Don McQuoid

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MCQUOID, DR. DON "DONNY" CLYANN, of Severna Park, died peacefully on February 10, surrounded by her family, at Anne Arundel Medical Center after complications from surgery. Born June 8, 1940, in Kansas City, Missouri, she was the daughter of Donald Trowbridge McQuoid and Elaine Ray Elliott McQuoid. Her early childhood was spent in Cumberland Gap, KY. In the late 1940s her family moved to Fort Meade, where her father taught firearms safety to troops stationed there. Her parents bought land in the Ben Oaks community of Severna Park, where her father began building their home; the family moved in prior to its completion, cooking on an outdoor barbecue and roughing it for a few years as construction on the house progressed. Donny attended Arundel High School in Gambrills and St. John's College in Annapolis prior to graduating from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She earned her Master's of Education from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and, in 1975, a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. During her more than three decades of work in the field of mental health, Dr. McQuoid spent time as both a clinical and research psychologist specializing in diagnostic testing. After retiring from the State of Maryland, she spent the last years of her career working for Langton Green, Inc., in Annapolis. As a young adult, Donny enjoyed sailing on weekends in the Severn River and Chesapeake Bay. One of her early sailboats was named The Freudian Sloop. While studying at the University of St. Andrews, she made many friends in Scotland and returned there often, traveling with her son Alex and other family members. An avid Scotophile, Donny loved novels set in Scotland and listening to both traditional and contemporary Scottish folk music. Each December for more than 30 years she attended the annual Scottish Walk parade in Old Town, Alexandria, VA, with family and friends. An adventurer at heart, Dr. McQuoid traveled frequently, both domestically and abroad, and was especially fond of summer trips to Maine, where she enjoyed fresh lobster and blueberry pie. Encouraged by her son, she became a great soccer fan and found she preferred to watch matches livea passion that took her to the European Championships in Portugal and the World Cup in France. Her most recent trip was a cruise through the Mediterranean Sea. She is predeceased by her husband Perry Reynolds, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and later the Baltimore News-American, and by her brother, Lauriston R. McQuoid. Dr. McQuoid is survived by her son Alexander F. McQuoid, of Severna Park, and Miami, FL; nieces Meredith McQuoid-Greason of Davidsonville and Kathleen E. McQuoid of Cambridge; nephews L. Fraser McQuoid of Davidsonville and Cameron A. McQuoid of Staunton, VA; and grandnieces Lauris McQuoid-Greason, Lainagail Greason, and Grace McQuoid of Davidsonville. A memorial service and life celebration will be held Saturday, February 16, at 1:00 pm at All Hallows' Episcopal Chapel, 864 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville, Maryland. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in her name to the American Red Cross, Chesapeake Region, 4800 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215 or online at
Published in The Capital on Feb. 14, 2013