In Memory of




Obituary for George Mains MacDonald

George was born in Detroit Michigan to George Murdock MacDonald and Jean Fuller Mains MacDonald. He attended primary and secondary schools in Flint, Michigan, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and Tonawanda, New York. During this time period, George was active in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, where he attained the Eagle rank. While a student at Kenmore East Senior High School, George competed on the wrestling team, and made many lifelong friends. George earned degrees from the University of Rochester, where he was a member of the Chi Phi fraternity, and from the George Washington University Law School, where he served as the managing editor of the Law Review. After a stint as a law clerk for the Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals, George pursued a career in Labor and Employment Law for many years at Vedder Price Kaufman Kammholz & Day and later with Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in Washington D.C. He actively participated at the national level with Chi Phi, and served as Grand Eta, the legal advisor for the fraternity. In the 1980s, George was instrumental in the reactivation and rechartering of the Kappa Delta Chapter of Chi Phi at the University of Rochester. He retired to the west Michigan area in 2014 where he could be close to family, and spent his summers at the family cottage in Southampton, Ontario. George was a caring brother and uncle, dedicated attorney, and “social chairman” at any gathering of family and friends. George desired to be cremated and his ashes will be interred at Southampton in the family plot alongside his parents, grandparents, and great grandparents. George is survived by his brother Neil, sister-in-law Kate, and their children Daniel and Claire, and his brother Douglas, sister-in-law Nancy, and their children Rachel (Tyler), Douglas (Meghan), and Michael (Mercedes). He is dearly missed by his MacRitchie, Matheson, and Paul cousins, Chi Phi brothers, high school and college friends, professional colleagues, and members of the Santelli family. Memorial contributions can be directed to the Chi Phi Educational Trust, Attn: Memorial Gifts – George MacDonald, 1160 Satellite Blvd. NW, Suwanee, GA 30024, or to the Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods, 8214 Pfeiffer Farms Dr. SW, Byron Center, MI, 49315.