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Donald John Dooley

Donald John Dooley was American publishing executive. Decorated 2 battle stars; recipient Dorothy Dawe award Home Furnishings Industry, 1973.


  • Dooley, Donald John was born on August 16, 1921 in Des Moines. Son of Martin and Anne Marguerite (Barger) Dooley.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Iowa, 1947. Postgraduate, Drake University, 1950.


    • General Promotion public relations manager Meredith Corporation, Des Moines, 1953-1959, director public relations, 1960-1965. Art and editorial director Better Homes & Gardens Books & Special Interest Publications, 1965-1977. Director editorial planning and development Better Homes and Gardens Books (Meredith Corporation), 1977-1984.

      Consultant, 1985.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Chairman board advisory committee School Volunteer Program, Des Moines. Steering committee Intercultural Affairs program to Desegregate District Schools, 1975-1977. Treasurer Iowa University Parents Association, 1977-1979.

    Board directors Iowa Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 1979-1987, vice president, 1981-1985. Trustee Citizens Scholarship Foundation American, 1976-1985, Iowa Freedom of Information Council, 1977-1987. Advisory board Adult and Community Education, Des Moines Public School, 1982-1999.

    Consultant White House Conference on Families, 1981. Officer United States Army Air Force, 1942-1946. Member Public Relations Society of America (accredited, president chapter 1969, director chapter 1965-1976), American Civil Liberties Union, Beyond War (co-director Iowa office 1987-1988), Friendship Force, Americans for Democratic Action, Sigma Nu (Commander chapter 1946-1947), Foundation for Global Community, since 1991.

    Clubs: Echo Valley Country.


    • Married Beverly Frederick, December 21, 1955 (divorced 1977). Children: Nancy Elizabeth, Katherine Anne(deceased), Mary Bridget, Robert Frederick. Married Patricia Connell, December 28, 1996.
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    Born August 16, 1921
    • 1947
      University Iowa
    • 1950
      Drake University
    • 1953 - 1959
      General Promotion and public relations manager, Meredith Corporation
      Des Moines, Iowa, United States
    • 1965 - 1977
      art and editorial director, Better Homes & Gardens Books & Special Interest Publications
    • 1977 - 1984
      director, editorial planning and development Better Homes and Gardens Books (Meredith Corporation)
    • 1985