W.D. “Chris” Donaldson, educational TV pioneer
W.D. “Chris” Donaldson, 95, a St. Anthony Park resident since 1968, died Nov. 8, 2019 at the age of 95. Born in Boone, Iowa, on Oct. 28, 1924, Chris lived in St. Paul since 1959.
Chris was an experienced pilot and navigator, veteran of World War II and the Korean War, a pioneer in the early years of educational television, a committed leader and volunteer in Red Cross, Civil Air Patrol, his church, and many civic and community organizations.
He was known for good character, commitment to duty, high ethical standards and kindness—all qualities that made him a role model for his children and many others.
Chris’s quiet faith was evident in how he lived, loved and served others (including donating 68 gallons of blood in his lifetime). Also, his beautiful speaking voice was heard in years of broadcast television and voice-over assignments.
Chris is survived by Jean, his wife of 70 years; daughter Ann Hazen; son Eric Donaldson, of St. Anthony Park, two grandchildren, and son-in-law Richard Halkyard. Sympathy cards may be sent to Jean at Saint Anthony Park Home, 2237 Commonwealth Ave, St. Paul, MN 55018. Memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross (P.O. Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037, or online at www.redcross.org/donate/ memorial-donations).