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February 28, 2013

Bruce R. MacDonald

Bruce R. MacDonald

PIERSTOWN — Bruce Raymond MacDonald, MD, a former attending physician at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2013, in Schenectady, following a valiant battle with cancer. He was 70.

Born Aug. 12, 1942, at Salem Hospital in Salem, Mass., Bruce was the son of Raymond and Barbara (Tumulty) MacDonald.

A graduate of Washington and Lee University, he later graduated from the Medical College of Virginia.

He served his country for two years in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and was chief medical officer for Operation Deep Freeze in the Antarctic.

Upon moving to Cooperstown, Dr. MacDonald served as a urologist at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital until retiring in 1994.

He is survived by his daughter, Alexis Upton MacDonald, who is a medical student at St. George’s University on the Island of Grenada in the Caribbean. He also leaves behind his companion, Leanne Sweet of Schenectady; as well as many good friends and colleagues.

Friends gathered for a celebration of Bruce’s life at his home at 256 Armstrong Road, Cooperstown, o Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.

In accordance with his wishes, burial was private in the Fitch Hill Cemetery, Pierstown.

With respect for Bruce’s love of animals, please consider a memorial donation to

the Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

Arrangements are under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.

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