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MCCAULEY Donald Edwin
Birth: 28 Apr 1949 Staten Island, N.Y.
Death: 30 Oct 2015
Donald Edwin McCauley, Jr., ’71
Donald Edwin McCauley, Jr., ’71, who devoted his professional life to helping others,
was born on April 28, 1949, in Staten Island, N.Y., the only child of Donald E.
McCauley, Sr., an audit manager, and the former Anne Kelly, a teacher. He was raised
in Syracuse, N.Y., and graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in nearby DeWitt.
On the Hill, McCauley was a member of Chi Psi and pursued his love of foreign
languages by majoring in French. A member of the Credit List, the French Club and the
House of the Good Shepherd program, he intended on pursuing a career in teaching
or foreign service. At Hamilton he also met his future wife, Irene Swansiger K’71,
whom he got to know while studying in France during his junior year abroad. They
were married on Nov. 24, 1973.
After graduation, McCauley earned a master’s degree in French at Middlebury College.
He lived in France until 1974 when he and Irene joined the Peace Corps, spending
1974 to 1977 serving in Morocco. Their work centered on vocational education,
training women to develop skills that would allow them to support themselves. The
couple returned to the States and set up residence in Washington, D.C., where Don
worked for the Office of Personnel Management. He developed tests given to
applicants for government employment, showing an expertise in eliminating various
biases in the questions.
McCauley was a skilled linguist who spoke Spanish and Portuguese as well as French.
He also had a working knowledge of Arabic. More recently, he earned a second
master’s degree, this one in social work from -Virginia Commonwealth University.
Patients in hospice care were the focus of his second career. Sadly, McCauley was
himself diagnosed with cancer during this time; doctors told him he had only a few
months to live. Don, however, defied that prognosis, courageously battling the cancer
for two-and-a-half years before succumbing to the disease.
Donald E. McCauley, Jr. died on Oct. 30, 2015, at age 66. Although he and Irene had
divorced and she had relocated to Chicago, they remained good friends. She returned
to Virginia to care for him faithfully in his final illness. The College has no information
on other survivors.
MCCAULEY Donald Edwin ()
KELLY Anne ()
MCCAULEY Donald Edwin (28 Apr 1949 - 30 Oct 2015)
Marriage To SWANSIGER Irene F. ()
SWANSIGER Andrew Edward (16 Nov 1915 - 2 Aug 1991)
FOLEY Eugenia Elizabeth (7 Nov 1915 - 18 Aug 1998)
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