The Chronicle Herald, Tuesday, 2 February 2010, page B6
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MacDONALD, Alan Hugh — March 3, 1943 -
January 28, 2010. It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of
Alan MacDonald, highly respected and much loved father, husband, friend,
colleague and mentor. Born in Ottawa, Ont., but
raised in Halifax, son of the late the Honourable Mr. Justice Vincent C.
MacDonald and Hilda MacDonald (Durney), he earned a B.A. from Dalhousie and a
B.L.S. from Toronto.
He began his illustrious library career at Dalhousie in 1964, moving to become
the University of Calgary's Director of Libraries in 1979 and its Director of
Information Services in 1992; the additional posts he held and honours he
received nationally and internationally are too numerous to mention. He was
often most widely recognized by Calgarians as the University Orator who
presented 127 honorary degrees at convocations from 1989 to 2002. In retirement
he combined a lifelong passion for aviation with volunteer contributions to the
libraries of the Calgary Aerospace Museum
and the Military Museums; in his encyclopaedic knowledge,
film had a special place. A big man in every way - body, mind, spirit, heart -
he will be immeasurably missed by his wife, Minnie Joldersma; sons, Eric and
Nigel MacDonald and their partners, Dacia Fauth and Jasmin MacDonald; his
stepson, Willem Klumpenhouwer and friend, Melanie Malchow; brothers, David
MacDonald, Kingston and Brian MacDonald, Canberra; a loving extended family,
lifelong friends AR (Randall) Smith and Joe Macdonald of Halifax; his sons'
mother, Betty MacDonald of Moose Jaw, Sask., and many others across Canada. A
celebration of Alan's life will be held on Friday, February 19, from 4-6:30
p.m., in the Alberta Room of the Dining Centre at the University of Calgary.
Alan was a passionate advocate for literacy in all forms. In lieu of flowers,
memorial tributes may be made directly to the Calgary Learning Centre, 3930 -
20 Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2T 4Z9 (Telephone 1-877-686-9300 www.calgarylearningcentre.com).
In living memory of Alan, a tree will be planted in Fish Creek Provincial Park.
Forward condolences through: www.mcinnisandholloway.com