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Allan D. MacDougall

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Allan Duncan MacDougall, known and loved as Rocco by decades of Newton North High School students, passed away on October 23, 2012 at 69 years old after a sudden illness. He was born in Worcester, MA on November 24, 1942, the son of John and Philomena (Locantore) MacDougall and grew up among his brothers, aunts, uncles and cousins. He graduated from Harvard in 1965 with a BA in History and received a Masters in Teaching from Harvard in 1967. He then went on to Brandeis to receive a second Masters in American Civilizations in 1969. In 1970 he found his calling, joining the staff of Newton North High School teaching American History and what would become his legendary American Popular Culture class. At Newton North he also found his soul mate and wife, fellow teacher JoEllen Hillyer. In 1975 they began organizing and performing in the annual Rocco's Rock n Roll Review, which morphed into the Ric and Rocco Show and gave a voice and a place to hundreds of students who might otherwise have had neither. MacDougall's true legacy is the hundreds of young people who have grown up to teach, to love his music and to carry on his belief in fighting the good fight, no matter what. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters Kate Berrigan MacDougall of Salem and Cynthia Felice Crisafulli of Arlington, VA; his surviving brother John of Seattle, WA; aunts Carmella Farina of South Braintree and Mary Locantore of Worcester; brother and sisters in law and many beloved nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews, and cousins. A funeral service was held Thursday October 25th at 10 AM at the Memorial Church in Harvard Yard. A second larger celebration of life will take place at a future date. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Phil Ochs/Allan MacDougall Award, c/o Scholarship Office, NNHS, 457 Walnut Street, Newtonville, MA 02460.

Published in The Brookline Tab from Oct. 25 to Nov. 1, 2012
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