Donald G. Magill, Jr. (Don),
age 92, died peacefully on Friday, March 10, 2017 surrounded by loving family. He was born August 10, 1924 in Brooklyn, NY, son of the late Donald G. Magill and Elsie Clark, brother to Clark Magill (dec. 1994).
Don was raised in Winnetka, IL and Great Neck, NY. He attended Yale University, class of 45W, a special class that graduated February, 1945 due to WWII. Don received his MS in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University. He was on active duty with the Navy in 1945–46 and again in 1951-53 during the Korean War.
At his heart, Don was an inventor and a problem solver. He had multiple patents and many ideas. His career included R&D, product development and general management in specialty paper manufacturing for Riegel Paper Company, Hollingsworth and Vose Company, and Claremont Paper Mills. He most enjoyed his own consulting business that enabled him to provide creative solutions to both domestic and international companies.
Don met his wife Elisabeth Weir “Betsy” of Glencoe, IL on a blind date in New York on New Years Eve 1949 and they married the following October. As they built their family they resided in Milford and Princeton, NJ, Weston, MA and, since 1980, in Hanover. They moved to Kendal in 2005. Theirs was a long and happy marriage of almost 60 years until Betsy’s death in 2009. Don was an involved, dedicated and faithful husband and father.
Don enjoyed the competition and camaraderie of golf, tennis, and in particular, paddle tennis, a game he could play all winter in New England. He was a man of many dimensions; an ever curious reader, a scientist, an historian, an artist, a world traveler and a fix-it guy. He had a passion and appreciation of music, something he passed on to his children. Don was a man of strong opinions yet with a kind heart and a strong moral compass.
In Don’s core was the call to contribute to society and to others. Knowing he had unique technical expertise, he volunteered with the International Executive Service Corp (IESC). He and Betsy completed three month assignments in London, Japan, Morocco and Zimbabwe. He volunteered installing Lifeline systems all over the Upper Valley, at the DH Medical Center Information Desk and in many capacities at Kendal.
Don is survived by four children, six grandchildren and one great grandchild. His children include: Scott Magill and wife Connie Cooper of Westport, CT, Dave Magill and wife Margaret of Potomac, MD, Andy Magill and wife Judy Murray-Magill of Newburyport, MA and Elisabeth Magill and husband Pete Dwelley of Folsom, CA.
At Kendal, after Betsy’s death, he was committed to Louise Thorndike who predeceased Don by just 11 days.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 9 W. Wheelock St, Hanover, NH 03755.
A Memorial service will be held on Friday, March 17th, 11:00 AM at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Hanover, NH.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Rand-Wilson Funeral Home of Hanover, NH.
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