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"BAW" 2003 Obituary


BAWDEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-28 published
Don (Donald Gerald) McGILLIVRAY, 1927 - 2003
Canadian journalist Don McGILLIVRAY died at Mount Saint Mary Hospital in Victoria, British Columbia, on 24 June 2003.
Don was born 21 June 1927 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and grew up on a farm in nearby Archive.
He completed a B.A. in Economics at the University of Saskatchewan before embarking on a journalistic career in 1951.
Don was a reporter and city-desk editor at the Regina Leader-Post until 1955, and a reporter and columnist for the Winnipeg Tribune from 1955 to 1962. He was Parliamentary Correspondent for Southam News Service in Ottawa from 1962 to 1966, Southam National Correspondent in Washington in 1966, Southam Bureau Chief in London, England (1967 - 1970), and Associate Editor of the Edmonton Journal from 1970 to 1972. Editor of the Financial Times of Canada (1972 - 1975), Don returned to Southam News in Ottawa as National Economics Editor (1975 - 1984) and as National Political and Economic Columnist (1985 - 1995). Don won three National Business Writing awards.
Don was a founding member, a Treasurer, and President (1986 - 87) of the Centre for Investigative Journalism, now the Canadian Association of Journalists. He taught journalism at Concordia University and was Adjunct Research Professor in journalism at Carleton University for 15 years beginning in 1978.
Don McGILLIVRAY is survived and will be sadly missed by his sister Marion in Moose Jaw, his brother Allan in Edmonton, his son Murray and daughter-in-law Georgina (Grant) in Calgary, daughter Peigi Ann and Mark BAWDEN in Victoria, son Neil and daughter-in-law Wendy (HARRIS) in Toronto, and daughter Fionna and son-in-law Howard (CHASE) in Tampa, and his eight grandchildren, Patrick and Madeleine McGILLIVRAY, Rebecca and Samuel Willcocks, Noah and Kate McGILLIVRAY, and Zo and Eli CHASE. He was predeceased by his wife Julietta (ne KEPNER) and his brother Archie.
Donations are gratefully accepted to the Don McGillivray Scholarship Fund c/o Development and Alumni Office, Room 510, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6, or on-line at (click on Express Counter and type in fund name).
A memorial service will be held at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Avenue, at 2: 00 p.m. on Saturday, July 12. An event to celebrate Don's life for family, Friends, former colleagues and students is being planned for Sunday, October 19, 2003 in Ottawa. For information about the October event e-mail

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