John Lewis McDonald, a long-time director of personnel for The Post and Courier, died Friday. He was 88.
Born on Oct. 26, 1924, in Charleston, he was the son of Allie McDonald and Rosa Hunt McDonald. He was a Navy veteran, serving as a lieutenant aboard the escort aircraft carrier Gilbert Islands in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
McDonald attended the College of Charleston and Harvard Business School before and during the war, and after graduating from The Citadel in 1948, he briefly worked for Sears, Roebuck & Co. and Southern Bell.
He started with The Evening Post Publishing Co. in 1952 and retired from the newspaper as the director of personnel in 1990.
McDonald had been a member of the St. Andrew’s Society of Charleston, as well as the Sertoma Club of Charleston and the Hibernian Society. He was also an elder of Second Presbyterian Church, to which memorials can be made, at 342 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29403.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Miller McDonald, son John L. McDonald Jr. (Kristen), daughter Ann McDonald Hackett (James) and two granddaughters.
A service will be held at 10 a.m. today at Second Presbyterian Church of downtown Charleston.
Arrangements by Stuhr’s Downtown Chapel of Charleston.