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MacDonald, Kenneth A., 1917-2012



  • Existence: 1917 - 2012

Kenneth Alton MacDonald was born on Oct. 30, 1917, in Cambridge, Ma. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1939, and from Harvard Law School in 1942. In 1953, he founded the law firm of MacDonald, Hoague and Bayless. He is a member and past president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, the National Board of Trustees of Antioch University, the School of Social Work at the University of Washington and a member of the Washington State Bar Association. He also worked as an adjunct professor at the the Seattle University School of Law. In 1969, he attended his thirtieth reunion at Dartmouth College when he became involved in the infamous student takeover protest of Parkhurst Hall (May 6-7, 1969). MacDonald rose to the challenge of defending four of the 56 participating students - specifically Guy F. Brandenburg, William Geller, David H. Green, and Neville K. Mody who faced New Hampshire civil court trials as well as College Committee on Standing and Conduct hearings. As a practicing attorney, MacDonald volunteered to represent these four students. He remained active in the case and its aftermath for decades following the incident and trial. Kenneth MacDonald died in 2012.

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Kenneth MacDonald papers

Identifier: MS-1127
Overview Kenneth MacDonald, lawyer. Born in 1917. Dartmouth College Class of 1939. The papers document his perspective and involvement as a DC alumnus and lawyer representing several Dartmouth students prosecuted after the spring 1969 takeover of Parkhurst Hall, including correspondence, copies of newspapers and magazines, notes, official college statements and press releases and a copy of the official court transcript of the students’ hearings.