George MacDonald

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George MacDonald

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George MacDonald was born in the Galt community of Cambridge Ontario in 1938. Dr. MacDonald obtained a Bachelors of Arts Degree, specializing in anthropology, from the University of Toronto in 1961. He obtained a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Yale University in 1966. Dr. MacDonald worked at the Royal Ontario Museum of Ontario (1957-1958); National Museums of Canada (1960-1963); and a permanent position with the National Museum of Man as the Atlantic Provinces Archaeologist (1964). Dr. MacDonald became first Acting Director and the Director of the Canadian Museum of Civilization in 1983

Dr. MacDonald served on the International Council of Museums as well as on the National Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada during the 1970's and 1980's. He also held teaching positions at Trent University, University of Ottawa, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, and Carleton University.

In 1982, Dr. MacDonald returned to active duty at the Canadian Museum of Civilization to head the New Accommodation Task Force charged with designing the new museum. In 1983 he was made Director of the new Canadian Museum of Civilization. He held the position until 1999. In 1999 Dr. MacDonald was CEO of Museum Victoria and Director of the Melbourne Museum (Australia). In 2001 Dr. MacDonald served as Director of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (Seattle, Washington)


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