Obituary: Philip McDonnell, former Time ad executive


Longtime former Atherton resident Philip Adrian McDonnell died Nov. 26 in Union City at Acacia Creek Retirement Community. Mr. McDonnell, a retired Time magazine advertising executive, was 95.

Born in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, he graduated from Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he was editor of the Mountain Echo and class valedictorian.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and graduated from Midshipman School at Northwestern University before entering active duty in the South Pacific. He served with the seventh fleet in New Guinea, as an operations officer in Manila, with New York's Port Harbor staff, and later with naval intelligence in Washington.

In 1947, he married Catherine, and they raised eight children while moving from coast to coast several times during his 33-year career in advertising with Life and Time magazines. He eventually became Time magazine's Western region advertising manager.

A resident of Atherton for more than 46 years, Mr. McDonnell was a member of the Church of the Nativity and Sharon Heights Country Club. He also served as president of the San Francisco Advertising Club.

Throughout his life, he worked in support of his alma mater, Mount St. Mary's University. He received the college's Bicentennial Medal in 2008 for his service and dedication.

Mr. McDonnell is survived by seven of his eight children: Philip J. McDonnell (Pat), Dennis McDonnell (Celeste), Adrienne McDonnell (Barry), Corinne Chavez, Kevin McDonnell, David McDonnell (Ardis), and Carolyn Beckwith (David); 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Catherine, in May 2016, and his son, Douglas, in 2015.

Memorial donations may be made to Mount St. Mary's University, office of development, Class of 1943 Scholarship-Philip A. McDonnell, 16300 Old Emmitsburg Road, Emmitsburg, MD. 21727; donors may also call 1-877-630-6102.


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