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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.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Apr. 21, 2007
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