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Ian Arthur Mcdonald ’90

Published in Oct. 9, 1996, issue

Ian took his own life on July 23, 1996, in Washington, D.C. His body was found in Rock Creek Park, beneath the Taft (Connecticut Ave.) Bridge.

Ian was born and raised in the Washington area. As a child, he developed what proved to be a lifelong love of nature and animals; he was an avid birdwatcher. He attended St. Alban's School, where he played varsity basketball, football, and baseball, becoming an all-Metropolitan pitcher during his senior year. At Princeton he played baseball for two years, lived in Butler College, and was a member of Dial Lodge.

While at college, Ian began suffering from severe depression. After graduating with a degree in economics, he spent much of the next six years seeking treatment. From 1993 until Apr. 1996, he lived in and near Baltimore, attending programs organized by Sheppard Pratt Hospital. Shortly before his death, he had begun work in the warehouse of a printing firm, Kelly Press in Mount Rainier.

The class extends its sincere sympathy to his mother, Susan, his father, Charles, and his two sisters, Emily and Jessica. His mother would appreciate hearing from any classmates who knew him. She can be reached at 3202 28th St. NW, Washington, DC 20016.

The Class of 1990

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Jerry A. McCoy Says:

2009-04-14 12:14:38

Although I never knew Ian, I feel I know him from his photograph that has appeared in the Washington Post twice a year since 1996. My sympathy to his family.

Hamish Hume Says:

2014-04-17 09:42:42

I was a St. Albans classmate of Ian's, and was on the football and basketball team with him. Ian was a terrific athlete. His senior year, he was All-Met in baseball, and I think named player of the year. Incredible pitcher. It is still hard to believe he took his own life. I just saw his picture in the Washington Post, where I think his mom posts it each year on his birthday (as mentioned above). I miss him and want his family to know I remember him often.
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