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.