Nancy Royal (Donaldson) Dunlap, a 63-year resident of Harvard, died at her home on Old Littleton Road on June 11. She was 90. She had an abundant enthusiasm for life, an infectious laugh and a warm heart. Above all, she valued loyalty and friendship, which she demonstrated throughout two long and happy marriages, and relationships that lasted a lifetime. Nancy was the granddaughter of Dr. Herbert B. Royal, who for 60 years practiced medicine in the old Harvard Tavern on the Common. For the last 25 years, she was the wife of James A. Dunlap Jr., a widow and lifelong resident who had been delivered by Doc Royal. Nancy was active in the Unitarian Church, Fruitlands Museum, the League of Women Voters, the Harvard Garden Club, the Womens Club and Pro Musica. She was born Nancy Tyler Royal in Worcester on Aug. 8, 1921, the daughter of Ellery Eaton Royal and Harriet Burdett Thayer, both graduates of Bromfield Schools Class of 1912. Nancy graduated from the University of Maryland in 1943 and was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. In 1949, she married John Jake P. Donaldson, a reporter for the Worcester Telegram and Gazette and moved to Harvard. They raised four children and were married for 35 years. In 1966, the couple moved to Lovers Lane, where they operated the advertising agency, Royal Associates until his death in 1984. Their son John Royal Donaldson died in 1979. In 1987, she married Jim Dunlap, a widow and retired director of William M. Mercer. Nancy is survived by her husband and three children: Susan Donaldson James of Allentown, N.J.; Debbie Donaldson of Sebastopol, Calif.; James Ellery Donaldson of Denver, Colo.; two step-children, Robert James Dunlap of Thornton, N.H. and Beverly Dunlap Rodrigues of Groton, Mass. She leaves nine grandchildren and a step great-granddaughter. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 22 at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Church in Harvard. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice, 2 Shaker Rd., Suite D225, Shirley, Mass., 01464 or, to the National Parkinson Foundation.
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Published in The Harvard Post from June 27 to July 4, 2012