Bill and Kathy McDonald

Bill and Kathy McDonald

donor plaque
Bill and Kathy  McDonald

Bill met Kathy Rudolph at WU in 1965. They were married in August of 1968 and moved to Michigan to begin their careers in education.  After 42 years in Michigan, they moved to Topeka in 2011. They are continually amazed at the opportunities to see family more often; and to reconnect with classmates and friends... and once again, Washburn University is an integral part of their lives.

Bill McDonald lived in Larned and Hays, Kansas and in North Carolina until his parents permanently moved to Topeka in 1951. Bill's father, Marion, became the basketball coach at Washburn University. Bill was in the first graduating class of Topeka West in 1962. He has also received these degrees: Bachelor of Music Degree in 1967 from Washburn; M. A. in Guidance and Counseling in 1968 from Eastern Michigan; and Doctorate of Education in 1976 from Wayne State University in Detroit. Bill retired in 2003 after a career in guidance and counseling; and university and elementary teaching. 

At Washburn, Bill was on the Ichabod golf team for four years. As a sophomore at WU, Bill won the 1964 United States Golf Association National Publinks Championship. He subsequently qualified for 18 USGA events over the years. He was also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity. He and Kathy met at a Phi Mu Alpha pizza party after a Topeka Civic Symphony Concert.

Kathy McDonald is a native Topekan and is a 1964 graduate of Hayden High School. She graduated from WU in 1968 with a Bachelor's of Education. Kathy did her student teaching at State Street School, where she attended kindergarten. She received her Masters of Education in 1972 from Wayne State University in Detroit. She taught mostly first grade in the Pontiac School District. She retired in 2004.

At WU Kathy served as President of Benton Hall and as Angel Flight Commander. 
Bill and Kathy have one daughter. Kerry and her husband Mike and their two daughters, Waverly and Marion, reside in Ohio.