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Robert "Bob" McDonald

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icon February 25, 1926 - March 7, 2014 Born: February 25, 1926 Long Beach, New York to Clarence and Kathryn McDonald. He was the third of four children. Preceded in death by his older bother Michael, he is survived by his sister Clare, 95 and Anne, 85, both of Long Island, New York. "Bob" graduated from Long Beach High School where he starred in four sports and was a lifeguard. Upon graduation, he joined the United States Marine Corps. As a Marine Raider he fought in World War II in the Pacific, i.e., Philippines, Okinawa, i.e. Shima. He participated in the occupation of Japan. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. The highly decorated marine returned home to attend Hofstra University in New York where he starred in football. The outstanding back led his team in rushing, receiving and tackles. At Hofstra University, he was also an Olympic Class wrestler (although he did not make the Olympic team), Varsity Club President for all sports, and the Student Faculty Trustee of the Athletic Committee. Upon graduation he was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame and a promising professional career with the New York Giants was cut short due to injuries. In turn, Bob became a highly successful businessman. He was the District Sales Manager for Schick Company, The Marketing Manager for Union Camp Paper, and the Vice President for McCann Erickson Advertising Agency in New York, Atlanta and Chicago. He was the past president of the American Marketing Association. In 1960, he met and married Pamela Lynch, an award winning copywriter who he met at McCann Erickson Advertising Agency in Chicago. In 1962, a job transfer brought him to Los Angeles, California where he continued his successful advertising career with Doyle Dane Bernbach. As Vice President of Marketing at Doyle Dane Bernbach, he supervised all accounts. Later, he became Vice President and Marketing Director at the Clinton E Frank Advertising Agency. Throughout his career he supervised such major accounts as Coca Cola, Toyota, and Volkswagon. For the past 30 years until retirement, he and his wife Pamela ran a very successful residential real estate business. In the 1970's, they joined Country Club Properties and later joined White House Properties in Woodland Hills, California. A loving husband, brother, uncle, proud father and papa, he was always eager to share a story, newsclipping, and pictures acknowledging accomplishments. He had an incredible memory for details and dropped names like they were old friends of yours too. He was always free and generous with a kind word or compliment. He made you feel like a million bucks. His Irish eyes were always smiling, and will stay smiling in our hearts. Bob is survived by his wife, Pamela Lynch McDonald , and his five children: Robert McDonald, Jr., James McDonald, Kathryn McDonald Labella, Shannon McDonald Goldstein, Heather McDonald Dobias, and eight grandchildren: Christian, Devyn, Dakota, Mackenzie, Drake, Matthew, Brandon and Hailey. Funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, March 18th at 11:00a.m. at St. Mel's Catholic Church in Woodland Hills, the Monsignor Loftus presiding.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 13 to Mar. 15, 2014
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