Lachlan MacDonald passed away peacefully at his home in Arroyo Grande on Friday, May 4, 2012. He taught English at Webb in the late 1950s through the early 1960s, and was recently on campus for the Class of 1961’s 50th reunion. For this celebration, Dave Fawcett ‘61, described Lachlan as "tough - the kind of teacher that demanded his students learn…they, in turn, held him in the highest regard.”
Mr. MacDonald served as an assistant track coach and taught such subjects as English I & II, Modern History and Driver’s Education. Among his many contributions to our community, he founded the literary magazine known still as Sage.
Mr. MacDonald’s career also included prospecting for gold in Central America, working as a reporter and serving with the US Army in Alaska. He edited for the nationally prominent literary magazine, The Chicago Review, as well as the West Coast literary magazine, Coastlines. Mr. MacDonald worked at Cal Poly as a Director of Public Affairs until his retirement in 1979. After which, he and his wife founded and ran Padre Productions, a publishing company specializing in Central Coast guidebooks.
In his spare time, Mr. MacDonald was active in two local Episcopal churches, St. Barnabas in Arroyo Grande and St. Peters in Santa Maria. He also enjoyed serving as a volunteer for the Arroyo Grande Public Library and Five Cities Christian Women Food Bank, as well as painting. His work was recently on display in the San Luis Obispo Art Center, among other venues.
Mr. MacDonald is survived by wife, Karen, three sons from prior marriages, Lawrence, Gordon and Craig, and several grandchildren. A fourth son, Roderick MacDonald, of Walden, NY, predeceased him in 2010.
For more about the life of Lachlan MacDonald, visit this website. http://lachlanmacdonald.org/