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Francis James McDonald


Francis James McDONALD, business executive (retired). Administration Committee General Motors 1969; Board of directors and; Finance Committee since 1979; Board of directors and; Society of Automotive Engineers, Detroit Engineering Society.


McDonald, Francis James was born on August 3, 1922 in Saginaw, Michigan, United States. Son of Francis J. and Mary C. (Fordney) McDonald.


Bachelor of Science, General Motors Institute, 1944.


Served to rank of Lieutenant United States.N. 1944-1946. Joined Saginaw Malleable Iron Plant 1946, Manager -1955. Plant Manager Central Foundry Division, Defiance, Ohio 56.

Works Manager Transmission Division, Detroit 1956-1963, General Manager 65. Works Manager Pontiac Motor Division, Pontiac, Michigan 1965-1968. Director Manufacturing Operations, Chevrolet Motor Division 1968-1969.

General Manager Pontiac Motor Division, Vice-President and. Executive Vice-President. Executive Committee General Motors 1974.

Overall responsibility for Power Products Group 1978. Chairman Exec, and Administration Committees 1981-1987. Chairman Beaumont Hospital Foundation since 1987.

Executive Compensation and Audit Committees H. J. Heinz Company.


Chairman Research Institute, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan, 1973-1976, trustee, advisory board Troy (Michigan) branch. Vice president Boys Clubs Metropolitan Detrot. Board directors Up with People.

Chairman board visitors School of Economics and Management, Oakland University, Rochester. Served to lieutenant (junior grade) United States Navy, 1944-1946. Member Society Automotive Engineers, Engineering Society Detroit, Tau Beta Pi.

Clubs: Detroit Athletic.


Married Betty Ann Dettenthaler, December 27, 1944. Children: Timothy Joseph, John Thomas, Marybeth McDonald Pallas.

Mary C. Fordney