George G. McDonald
George G. McDonald A longtime resident of Atherton, CA, passed away October 26 at age 81. Born in Oak Park, IL, he was a graduate of Oak Park High School, Northwestern University (BS, accounting, 1949) and DePaul University (JD, 1955). He served in the Naval Air Corps during WWII. He began his career in printing and publishing as assistant general manager of Western Engraving and later as owner-manager of Colortone Printing and Lithography Company, both of Chicago. In 1957 he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to serve as vice president of H.M. Gousha Company of San Jose which published the largest volume of road maps and road atlases in the US. In 1961 he joined the San Francisco-based Recorder Printing and Publishing Company as president, later to become chairman, CEO and owner. The company published two daily newspapers (the Recorder and Daily Commercial News), 22 daily special interest reports, and materials primarily for the legal community, as well as commercial printing. In retirement he kept active with business and philanthropic pursuits. He was a member of the Bohemian Club, the Family, Knights of Malta, St. Vincent De Paul Society, World Presidents' Organization, Young Presidents' Organization, and was a board member of St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Joan Yocum McDonald; and survived by his five children: Paul, Kathy Merrill, Marcy Parker, Bill and John; his daughters-in-law, Midge and Pamela McDonald; and his sons-in-law, Rick Merrill and Tom Parker; and by his nine grandchildren: John, Mike and Laura McDonald; Rick and Marc Merrill; Thomas, Eryn and Kathleen Parker; and Natalie McDonald; and his great-granddaughter Ayla Poole. A Rosary will be held Friday, November 3 at 7:30 P.M., and a Requiem Mass will be said Saturday, November 4 at 10 A.M. Both services will be held at the Church of the Nativity, 210 Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park. A reception and celebration of life will be held at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton following the Requiem Mass. Donations in support of diabetes education may be made to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301.
Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Nov. 1 to Nov. 3, 2006.
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Dear John, Marcy, Paul, Kathy & Bill:

I returned home last night and found your voice mail awaiting me, John. You were so kind to have called and I was heartbroken I was not here to have been with you all on Friday and Saturday. You probably know that both your mother and your father were the epitome of friends (and very close to being family) to both Bob & me. You five are the gift they left behind - a wonderfully valuable gift. I was honored to know them and I am honored to know you.

Much love to each of you. Beryl
Beryl Voss
November 6, 2006
Paul,
Your father was a true gentleman and a good friend; We will all miss him tremendously.
I wish you and your family comfort in this time of grief.
Our prayers are with you.
Richard Bray
November 2, 2006
Dear McDonald Family and Friends,

I've known George for about five years. I was most fortunate to have George come into my life. I say this because he truly took me under his wing and provided a wealth of knowledge, insight, and comeraderie.

My prayers go out to the entire McDonald Family. Please know that I will never forget George.

I know that he is looking down on us all with his Bride.

Sincerely,

Al Konetzni
Al Konetzni
November 2, 2006
Dearest Marcy and Family,
All peace to all the family.
Your Dad will be remembered fondly.
Let me know if there is anything I can do Marcy.
Love always, Jeanmarie
Jeanmarie Tarmann-Derry
November 1, 2006
George is my definition of a cool, confident, yet deeply caring individual who possesses wit, humor and yet who can always get the job done. I'll miss him in Bohemia.
Ron Rawson
November 1, 2006
George was a wonderful friend with a great family. All his Better 'ole campmates in Bohemia will miss him dearly.
David Poe
November 1, 2006
I worked as a marketing coordinator for Mr. McDonald in the mid 1980’s while completing my undergraduate degree at S.F. State, and he gave me career advice that I still turn to today. The most germane to my profession was, “Lowering your price is the easiest thing to do. Instead, find ways to convince your customers to buy at the price you ask”.

Ironically, I returned to The Recorder & Cal Law just last month as their new Director of Marketing, and have been thinking about Mr. McDonald quite a bit in recent days.
John Cosmides
November 1, 2006
George was a wonderful, happy fellow, a good Bohemian, and a good friend. He will be missed.
Graeme MacDonald
November 1, 2006
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