Retired 1980s GM President McDonald Dies At 87 6-15-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Retired 1980s GM President McDonald Dies At 87 6-15-2010

General Motors says its former president F. James McDonald has died. He was 87.
McDonald led GM throughout much of the 1980s GM didn't release the cause of death.
The former General Motors executive served as president and chief operating officer from February 1981 until August 1987, when he retired.
McDonald was born on August 3, 1922 in Saginaw, and attended the General Motors Institute -- now Kettering University in Flint, under the sponsorship of the Saginaw Malleable Iron Division.
He spent two years in the Navy after graduation and then returned to GM in 1946.
As president, McDonald made improving GM quality a top priority, creating an initiative between local auto plant and union leadership aimed at improving the quality of GM's products.
McDonald is survived by his wife, a daughter, two sons, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
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