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Alonzo L. McDonald

August 5, 1928 November 21, 2019
Alonzo L. McDonald
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Alonzo L. McDonald of Birmingham died November 21, 2019 in Naples, Florida. He was 91 years old. Mr. McDonald was born August 5, 1928 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mr. McDonald was an American businessman and philanthropist. He graduated from Emory University in 1948 and went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps from 1950 to 1952. He then attended Harvard Business School where he received his M.B.A. in 1956. Mr. McDonald married Suzanne McDonald and together they raised four children.

Mr. McDonald had an impressive career. He started as a reporter for The Atlanta Journal from 1948 to 1950 and then worked for the Westinghouse Electric Corporation from 1956 to 1960. He worked for McKinsey & Company, serving as Partner in New York City and London, and Chief Executive Officer, until he was Managing Director when he retired in 1977. That year, he was appointed Deputy Special Trade Representative and Ambassador in charge of the U.S. Delegation to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade in Geneva. In 1979, he was appointed Assistant to the President of the United States and White House Staff Director under President Jimmy Carter.

Mr. McDonald served as President and Vice Chairman of the Bendix Corporation from 1981 to 1983. In 1981, he also became a faculty member of the Harvard Business School and served as Senior Counselor to the Dean until 1987. In 1983, he founded the Avenir Group, a private investment bank.

Mr. McDonald was also a very active member in the community and a wonderful philanthropist. He was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S. Council of the International Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Club of New York, the Center for Inter-American Relations, the Harvard Business School Club of Greater New York and the French-American Foundation. In 1991, together with Os Guinness, he co-founded the Trinity Forum, a Christian non-profit organization, where he served as Senior Fellow and Trustee Emeritus. Mr. McDonald was also the founder and Chairman of the McDonald Agape Foundation.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. William Catholic Church, 601 Seagate Drive, Naples, FL 34108 on Saturday, December 14 at 11am. A luncheon will follow at the Royal Poinciana Golf Club, 1600 Solana Road, Naples, FL 34105 from 12-3pm.

A service will be held in Michigan at a later date.


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