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Publishing executive

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.


Bachelor of Arts, University Iowa, 1947;postgraduate, Drake U., 1949-1950.


General Promotion public relations manager, Meredith Corporation, Des Moines, 1953-1959;director public relations, Meredith Corporation, Des Moines, 1960-1965;art and editorial director, Better Homes & Gardens Books & Special Interest Publs., Des Moines, 1965-1977;director editorial planning and development, Better Homes and Gardens Books (Meredith Corporation), Des Moines, 1977-1984;consultant, 1985.


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.

Martin Dooley

Anne Marguerite (Barger) Dooley

Beverly Frederick

Patricia Connell

Nancy Elizabeth Dooley

Katherine Anne Dooley (deceased)

Mary Bridget Dooley

Robert Frederick Dooley