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MCDONALD, FREDERICK DUNCAN - age 85, of Knoxville, passed away on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. He was a member of West Hills Presbyterian Church. Frederick was a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. During the Korean War, he served in the US. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps in the Pentagon and later in the 3rd Infantry Division in Korea. While he resided in Michigan he served as the area executive director of the Boy Scouts and as the president of the Allegan County Rotary. Frederick moved to Knoxville in 1968 to practice law. He was first appointed Chancellor of the Knox County Chancery Court in 1973 by former Gov. Winfield Dunn and he then served for 25 years. Frederick had presided over several high-profile cases, including the 1982 World's Fair and the collapse of the Butcher brothers' banking empire. Frederick was a past president of the Tennessee State Judicial Conference. He was a longtime member and past president of the Knoxville Exchange Club. Frederick was preceded in death by his parents, Judge Archie D. McDonald and Anne F. McDonald. He is survived by his wife, Ruth T. McDonald; son, Tom McDonald; daughter, Marilyn M. Rowlett and husband Morris; grandchildren, Robert and Chesley Rowlett; sister, Ann Collica, of Bonita, California; nephew, Roderick Houston; niece, Laura Tesky and husband Steve. The funeral will be on Tuesday at 10:00 am at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with Dr. Fred Fowler officiating. Family and friends will then travel in procession to Highland Memorial Cemetery for the interment. The family will receive friends on Monday evening from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. Online condolences may be made at

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Jan. 26 to Jan. 28, 2014
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