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Morgan Bowman Macdonald Jr.

December 9, 1923 — January 14, 2021

MACDONALD, Morgan Bowman Jr, age 97, of Dayton, died on January 14, 2021. Morgan was born on December 9, 1923 in Uniontown, Pa. to Morgan Bowman MacDonald and Ruth Greene MacDonald.

He attended St. Andrew's School in Delaware and upon graduation enlisted in the army, serving in the Pacific theater. Post war he attended Yale University graduating with the Class of 1950.

After working for the Ohio Oil Company in Nebraska, he obtained his Masters from Columbia University School of Business in 1954. He then worked for US Steel doing market research until 1961. After a brief period at Wallingford Steel he joined the National Industrial Conference Board in 1963. In 1969 he moved to National Cash Register doing research for its software marketing department. He retired from NCR in 1989. The last several years at NCR were spent as a speech writer and organizing trade shows.

Morgan was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 66 years Sally Street MacDonald, sons Hugh Street MacDonald and Andrew Newcomb MacDonald, granddaughter Jessica Renee MacDonald, brothers William Dickinson MacDonald, Daniel Webster MacDonald III, and Malcolm Murdoch MacDonald, sister Ruth M Freeman.

He is survived by his son Morgan B. MacDonald III, daughter Sally Ann Plugaru (nee MacDonald), seven grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Morgan was a wonderful son, brother, husband, father and grandfather, always putting his family ahead of his own interests. He showed love, concern, compassion and gave his attention to all those about him. He kept up with and cared for all the members of his family, especially in times of need. A favorite uncle whose good sense, caring and sharp intellect will be missed. His quiet wit and wry sense of humor graced our lives.

Morgan’s interests and talents were many and varied. They included music, art, photography, woodworking, rowing and sailing. He shared with his wife a tremendous interest in reading, history and travel. His photographs of the seacoasts, western mountain vistas, and many of the cathedrals of Europe are stunning. He excelled at his work as a speech writer and event organizer. As a teen he sang, played violin and formed his own band while at St Andrews along with being stroke oar in the eight man rowing shell. He was a member of the Yale Glee Club and loved to sing in choirs for many years. Above all else Morgan was a good and honorable man who never failed in his love and duty to others.

Due to the current pandemic a small private memorial service will be held at 1pm Wednesday February 3rd 2021. The service will be livestreamed on the Routsong Funeral Home YouTube page. A video of the service will be posted on the site later for those unable to view the service live. In lieu of flowers the family has asked you to please make a charitable contribution to St. Vincent DePaul or to the Dayton Food Bank.

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