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Julie Jensen McDonald, American writer, educator. Recipient Isabel Bloom award for the arts Women's Encouragement Board, 1989, Johnson Brigham award Iowa Library. Association, 1983, Friends of America Writers award, 1979.


McDonald, Julie Jensen was born on June 22, 1929 in Fiscus, Iowa, United States. Daughter of Alfred Julius Jensen and Myrtle Petra (Faurschou) Jensen Petersen.


Bachelor, University Iowa, 1951. Doctor of Laws, St. Ambrose College, 1972.


Women's editor Rockford (Illinois) Newspapers, 1951—1952. Feature writer, reviewer Quad-City Times, Davenport, Iowa, 1963—1983. Lecturer journalism St. Ambrose College, 1974—2000.

Feature writer, reviewer, columnist Dispatch, Argus, Leader,, Quad Cities, Iowa, since 1983. Board directors Midwest Writing Center.


  • Other Work

    • Author 12 novels including Amalie's Story, 1970, biography Ruth Buxton Sayre, 1986, history Pathways to the Present, 1977, biography My Brother, Grant Wood, 1993.


Trustee Davenport Museum Art, 1986-2003. Precinct committeewoman Republican Party, Davenport, 1955-1960. Member Iowa Press Women, National Federation Press Women (1st place award National Communications Contest 1988, David R. Collins award for literature achievement 2006), Scottish American Society (secretary), Danish Sisterhood.


  • Other Interests

    Playing clarinet, swimming.


Married Elliott Raymond McDonald Junior, May 6, 1952. Children: Beth, Elliott Raymond III.

Alfred Julius Jensen Petersen

Myrtle Petra (Faurschou) Jensen Petersen

Elliott Raymond McDonald Junior

Beth McDonald

Elliott Raymond III McDonald