Neil William Macdonald, BA’58, MA’60, MPE’91

Neil MacdonaldThe first in his family to go to university, Neil earned three degrees from UBC: a bachelor’s and a master’s in psychology and another master’s in physical education. He also had a master’s in journalism (’67) from the University of Oregon and a PhD in mass communications (’66) from the University of Minnesota. Neil was a Renaissance man. He was invited to a Pittsburgh Pirates training camp only to have his pro baseball dreams cut short by rheumatic fever. He became a sports reporter for The Province and the Eugene RegisterGuard, which were the happiest days of his life. He won a national award for an article in Old Oregon, wrote book reviews for the Vancouver Sun, and late in life was a sports reporter for The Northern Light in Blaine, WA. He became a psychology professor and taught at several universities before teaching for 30 years at Vancouver City College, repeatedly earning the highest possible student reviews. He wrote, produced and hosted a cable television show on psychology that won a Canadian national cable award, published The League that Lasted, and wrote a book on Jack the Ripper. He was also a background actor, painter and cartoonist. Although he said he never wanted children, he was a devoted and loving father. He spent thousands of hours coaching his children at sports, always supported them in their dreams, and passed on his love of everything from psychology and astronomy to medicine and movies, animals and sports to art and literature. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lea Macdonald, three children and six grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please donate to any medical research organization.