Donald MacDonald CBE awarded honorary degree

Donald MacDonald CBE and Prof Sir John Savill wearing graduation robes

Dec 2017: Our Centre's co-founder Donald MacDonald was awarded Doctor honoris causa by the University of Edinburgh.

We are delighted that our Centre's co-founder Donald MacDonald has been awarded the degree of Doctor honoris causa by the University of Edinburgh.

Donald’s first contact with the University was as a student and he graduated MA from Edinburgh in Classics in 1962.  A year later he achieved his LLB (Bachelor of Laws) and then became a Chartered Accountant in 1967. A very successful career in corporate finance and venture capital followed.

In 1998 Donald’s keen interest in, and support for, the arts and music was recognised when he was awarded the CBE for services to music.

Just over 10 years ago, Donald and his wife Louise supported his son Euan, then newly diagnosed with MND, to establish the Euan MacDonald Centre. Donald’s donation was the first philanthropic donation to fund a neurological research centre, and it spearheaded a number of other donations which established centres and cutting-edge research facilities including the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic and the Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre.

Donald and his family have continued a close and supportive relationship with the University over the past 10 years. Donald has also encouraged many other individuals to get involved in our work for example supporting Scott Hastings to engage the interest of the international rugby community in raising funds for MND research.

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This article was published on: Tuesday, December 12, 2017