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DR. WILLIAM WORTH McDOUGALD Dr. William Worth McDougald, known to hundreds of journalists and former UGA students as "Dr. Mac", died early Thursday at Athens (Georgia) Regional Medical Center. He was 81. At his retirement in 1992 from the Grady School of Mass Communications he was considered among the longest-tenured professors at the University of Georgia, having begun his teaching career at the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism at UGA in the mid-1940s. He is well-known for his long career as Chairman of the famed Peabody Awards for radio and television, including the digitalization of thousands of important radio and television programs dating into the early years of electronic media. He was a well known public speaker, lecturer, and author of the History of WSB Radio and Television _- Welcome South Brother, as well as several other books and papers. While he had been ill recently, his death was unexpected but came after a short stay in the hospital in Athens. Dr. McDougald is survived by his wife Charlotte Ballenger McDougald, a daughter Susan Sanders (Keith) of Athens, a teacher in the Clarke County School System, son Bill McDougald (Cindy), an executive with Southern Living in Birmingham, and daughter Melissa Odom (Phil) of Warner Robins, with Central Georgia Technical College; grandson Chip Woods of Athens, granddaughter Lori White (Nick) of Bonaire, GA., and grandchildren Mary Frances, Helen and Ben McDougald all of Birmingham. Brothers, Don McDougald, of Montreat, NC, and Michael McDougald of Rome, GA also survive. Dr. McDougald was a member of the Georgia Broadcasting Hall of Fame. He was a graduate of Emory University and did advance studies at Harvard, Notre Dame, the University of Iowa, and obtained a Doctorate at Ohio State University. He retired from naval service as a Lieutenant Commander having served in both WWII and the Korean War. He was communications commander of the media ship Appalachian that carried reporters and correspondents from all over the world to witness the Bikini Atomic Bomb Tests. He was a member and President of the Athens Rotary Club and went on to serve as District Governor of the northern district of Georgia for Rotary. He was a member of the University of Georgia Athletic Board and the Gridiron Secret Society. The McDougald's are members of Central Presbyteriann Church in Athens. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, April 21 at Central Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be sent to The Central Presbyterian Church Memory Garden, 380 Alps Road, Athens, GA 30606. Bernstein Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements. www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com.

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April 25, 2007
Charlotte and family. I heard today about Dr. Mac from one of your
second grade students who lives nearby in Greenwood. I truly am sorry.
I will never forget the stories he shared.
My sympathy and prayers gp out to your and all of the family.
Bruce Cobb
April 23, 2007

We are very sorry to learn of Worth's passing. His many years of contributions of time and talent to the Georgia Association of Broadcasters will be greatly missed. Worth's unique combination of intellect and humor helped to enlighten all with whom he came in contact. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow.

Dale & Tara
Dale Van Cantfort
April 23, 2007
Worth was not a "Dr." yet when I encountered him as a freshman in 1955. He was never impressed that I had been Editor of my high school paper or was good friends of Ralph McGill and Jack Nelson in Atlanta. All of us in the Journalism classes were equals to begin with, and Worth kept the playing field level. I valued his counsel greatly.

I will never forget the afternoon that he and Dean Drewry called me in and told me that I would never write well enough to make a living at it! That turned out to be the greatest advice ever! Moving on to the pedestrian life of a Business major, I lost touch with Worth and all the great ABJ's of 1959 that I had started with.

His name was a standout and clearly fit him as a person. I'm glad I knew him, even so briefly, and think you are lucky to have known him throughout his life and times.
David K. McClurkin
April 23, 2007
Dr.Mac was a friend, mentor, advisor and inspiration to all of us fortunate to know him. From the first time I met him as a freshman in the J-School in 1964, to working for him as a graduate assistant, to the countless times he helped me professionally, he was always there for his students,helping with whatever we needed. We will miss him greatly, but we are so very, very grateful he came our way.
John Parks
April 23, 2007
Susan and Keith,
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Susan's father. Our prayers are with you and all of your famly during this difficult time. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you through this.
We love you guys!
Gary and Jill
Jill and Gary Bond
April 23, 2007
As students in the Grady School in the 1950s, we had great respect and fondness for Worth McDougald. His list of professional accomplishments is long, and his support, friendship and guidance for students of several generations even more impressive. We offer our condolences to the family.
Carrol and Mildred Dadisman
April 21, 2007
I remember Dr. McDougald as a competent and highly esteemed leader and member of the Mission Board of the Presbyterian Church (PCUS) when its headquarters were in Atlanta. He contributed greatly in the publishing enterprise of the national denomination for which I served as Publisher. He was a great support to me with his understanding of the problems of publishing, and he showed a great deal of confidence in my work for which I will be eternally grateful. My condolences are extended to all of his family, and I give thanks to God for his leadership and friendship.
Howard Montgomery
April 21, 2007
Dr. McDougald gave me a pearl of advice that helped me land my first advertising job, which was a very exciting accomplishment for me in 1978--McDonald & Little was a top advertising agency at the time. Dr. M. was a superb teacher and a very nice guy.
Gary Towers
April 21, 2007
Charotte, We were so sorry to read of Worth's death. We remember fondly our dealing with you when we bought our first house {248 Marion Dr.) in 1962 and seliing it back to you in 1969. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Eckhart & Rosemary Richter
April 21, 2007
I'm so sorry for your loss------- I will remember Worth fondly-you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time
June Attway Tillman
April 21, 2007
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
Bernstein Funeral Home
April 20, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I have fond memories of my times at your house when I was a child. Dr. McDougald was truly a remarkable man.
Debbie Cohen Wilson
April 20, 2007
I remember fondly Worth MacDougald as a good family friend. He was a friend of my father Ed Snyder who went to be with the Lord nearly two years ago. I though a lot of him and I do pray for his family.
Craig Snyder
April 20, 2007
I was a student at the Henry Grady School of Journalism when Dr. Mc came on board. I was on the staff of the RED AND BLACK when he was our advisor for a while. He was an excellent teacher, great advisor, and wonderful motivator. I was so proud to be a student at the best journalism school in America and Dr. Worth McDougald helped to make it the best. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I'm sure this is one individual whose presence will be greatly missed in Athens.
Mayor Jim Worrall
April 20, 2007
It was with sadness that I opened the paper and found "Dr. Mac's" obituary this evening.

He was a "professional father" to many who came through the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism, providing guidance and direction to many students. He is one of those unsung heroes who quietly went about getting the job done, that being instructing students, instilling character, and creating an example for his students to emulate.

When Carole and I first returned to Athens, after my military service, he and Charlotte made us feel welcome to both the University community and Athens.

I could go on, and cite examples of his service, thoughtfulness and his sense of humor. However, it can be summed up by saying he was a unique individual, one we will not see again in today's world , one to which God and country was sacred and individuals were valued for their individual personality.

I am thankful that I was able to visit with him a couple of months ago. He will be missed.
John & Carole Stephens
April 20, 2007
You all are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. I had the privilege of working at the J-School for several years during the '80s and worked closely with Dr. Mac and Dr. Warren Agee with the Peabody Awards. I feel that I am a better person and my world is a better place because of my contact with Worth McDougald.
Deborah Odom
April 20, 2007
I had the priviledge of having Dr. Mac while at the journalism school in the early 80's. I still judge journalism by the guidelines he set. I feel some of the success I have achieved in my career as a Director with United Way here in Columbus goes back to the lessons learned in his classes. He was a fine man and truly an asset to UGA. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.
Tommy Powell
April 20, 2007
I remember Dr. Mac as a very kind and generous man. He had such a wealth of knowlege about the history of Athens, and UGA. After I graduated from UGA in 1984 and moved to New York City, Dr. Mac would make sure that I was included in New York festivities surrounding the Peabody Awards. He would give me and some other recent graduates tickets to the big event. What a treat for me to be in the company of some of the greatest broadcast minds around. Dr. Mac definitely enhanced my UGA experience, and I will always remember him fondly.
Joe Finkelstein
April 20, 2007
Missy, I share your loss. It has been a long time since I have seen you. Your father was a remarkable man, and the University is better because of his influence.
Boykin Austin
April 20, 2007
I am so sorry about the loss of your dad--he truly accomplished much in his life, among which, was raising wonderful children !
You and family are certainly in my thoughts and prayers.
Lynda Powell
April 20, 2007
Charlotte and Family: Unfortunately, we have to be in Atlanta tomorrow and will not be able to attend Worth's funeral. Please know that all of you will be in our thoughts and prayers. We will miss him greatly. Gordon and Eleanor Bradwell
Gordon Bradwell
April 20, 2007
Our prayers and thought are with the McDougald family.
John Long-President- Georgia Radio Hall Of Fame
April 20, 2007
Charlotte and family--I was very sad to read that Worth had passed away. I always enjoyed being with Worth at the old Henry W. Grady Journalism School. He will be missed by all who knew him. Please accepy my sympathy.
Rowland F. Kraps 4-20-2007
Rowland Kraps
April 20, 2007
Worth was a great mentor to me, an excellent professor, and through the years, a devoted friend. I think of him often and of the lessons he taught that I and thousands of his students apply every day. I am proud to have a son who carries his name.
Roland McElroy
April 20, 2007
Don, my prayers are with you and your family on the loss of your brother--he sounds like a legend in his own time, and I'm sure he will be missed by all of you. Hope you are doing well--be safe.
Yours in Christ, Kaye
Kaye Hirt Eggleston
April 20, 2007
April 20, 2007
Bill and Family,

Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
Tim & Kris Watson
April 20, 2007
I spoke with Dr. McDougald only a few times but he inspired me greatly with his enthusiasm for the Peabody Awards. I know he is part of the reason I have such a great job today taking care of the Peabody Awards Collection at the UGA Library. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Ruta Abolins
April 20, 2007
Worth was my neighbor. He was truly a Southern gentleman. I enjoyed hearing his soothing voice when we talked on the Circle, meeting as I walked my dog and he walked his beloved 'Tweed.' I've missed seeing Worth and I know that his family and closest circle of friends are in deep grief. My thoughts and prayers are with you all...
Rick Waters
April 20, 2007
Dear Charlotte and Children:
We were saddened to learn of Worth's death. You have been special friends to us since the early 1960's at Central.
We have admired and respected Worth as a fellow professor, fellow member of the Athletic Board, fellow Rotarian and as a thoroughly good individual. The community has lost a significant presence and we grieve with you.
Please know that you are all in our thoughts and our prayers.
Janye and Bill Powell
William Powell
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