David Howard MacDonald

September 23, 1934October 15, 2021

David Howard MacDonald, age 87, of Blaine, Minnesota passed away on Friday, October 15, 2021. David was born September 23, 1934.

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Dann Adair

November 11, 2021

Dave had this tiny nematology lab next to my funky greenhouse office for the 21 years I was at the U of Mn. We spoke often about shop and life. He received so many accolades for teaching. These were certainly deserved as he often would tell me about some of his challenges which I took as sign of what an involved and caring instructor he was. He grew these wonderfully fragrant and beautiful yellow roses for culturing nematodes but those harvested flowers made for frequent gifts for families, colleagues, and anyone who wanted some. This was a small example of the kindness found in Dave. He positively influenced hundreds of students he taught as I'm sure every one of them holds knowledge today gathered in Dr. MacDonald's classes. I'm honored to have known him.

Carol Windels

November 10, 2021

My memories of Dr MacDonald go back to 1970 when I started graduate school. His Nematology class was excellent - and richly enhanced with data from the literature, and especially, his data from Minnesota. He had a quiet enthusiasm and always took time to visit (while I was a graduate student, and later on the faculty). Dave was a kind, supportive and dedicated colleague. He was quiet and unassuming, a humble and good man.