Known as Jean McDonald, born October 29, 1922 in Marden
Ontario, passed away at Parkwood Mennonite Home in Waterloo on July
18, 2021, in her 99th year. Jean was
the daughter of the late Walter and Sadie (Goy) McDonald. She is
pre-deceased by her brother Walter Gordon and his wife Jean, brother
Calvin and sister, Evelyn Hayes and her husband Cecil. Jean is
survived by several nieces and nephews and their families.
She will be fondly remembered by her dear friends Laura Ostner and
Jean began her long career with the Ontario Veterinary
College in 1943. First as a secretary, then as an assistant to several
principals and deans. Jean worked with Dr. Trevor Lloyd Jones, who was
instrumental in gaining university status for the college. During her
forty plus year affiliation with OVC, Jean was proud of her
contribution to OVC’s growth from a college to a teaching
and research facility and then an international resource
She completed two university degrees through summer and
winter extension courses, receiving her BA in 1959 from the University
of Western Ontario and her Master’s in Public Administration
and History in 1964 from the University of Michigan, East
With Deans, Trevor Lloyd Jones, Dennis Howell and others,
Jean made several trips to Botswana, China, Malaysia and Indonesia.
She became interested in international development. In 1986, she
joined Guelph International Consultants; an organization created to
market the University of Guelph’s expertise internationally.
In 1988, she returned to OVC part-time, administering projects in
Costa Rica and Colombia, establishing veterinary education. Sponsored
by the Canadian International Development Agency, the programme
focused on graduate training and faculty exchanges.
Jean was especially proud of her involvement in the
establishment of the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of
Prince Edward Island in the late 1980’s.
In her spare time, Jean loved to read and work in the various
gardens at her Waterloo home. Jean also travelled extensively in
Britain and Scotland. She had a keen interest in history including
that of her ancestors in Scotland.
Sadly, during her last years, Jean suffered from dementia.
Special thanks to Karen Martin and staff at Hillside Residence in
Maryhill and the staff at Bauman Homestead, Parkwood Mennonite Home in
Waterloo for their care and compassion.
Interment of cremated remains will take place on Thursday,
July 22 at 10:00 a.m. at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Please
contact the funeral home if you plan on attending as they must collect
contact tracing information. We will be following social
distancing protocols due to COVID-19. We ask that you do not
attend if feeling unwell or have been in contact with someone who has
tested positive for Covid-19 and further ask that you wear a mask.
Arrangements entrusted to GILCHRIST
CHAPEL – McIntyre & Wilkie Funeral Home, One Delhi
Street, Guelph (519.824.0031).
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to
the Guelph Humane Society, 190 Hanlon Creek Blvd. Guelph N1C 0A1
(519.824.3091). We invite you to leave your memories online
and they will be forwarded to the family.
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Jean McDonald 19222021..
Décès pour la Ville:Guelph, Province: Ontario