In Memoriam: Donal Wadleigh (JD '73)
March 13, 2016 -- Pepperdine Law alumnus Donal Waldeigh (JD '73) recently passed away in Morro Bay, California. "He had a passion for life and loved his family and friends dearly." He was 82.
From the San Luis Obispo Tribune:
Donal Wadleigh passed away peacefully on Friday, January 15, 2016, in Morro Bay, California. He was born in Salem, Massachusetts, in June 1933, lived in Boston and summered in Annisquam, Mass., as a child. As a teen Donal attended the Randolph Macon Academy in Front Royal, Virginia, and during the summers worked in commercial fishing, assisting the famous Bunt Davis on his boats. After high school, he attended the University of Virginia where he attained a Bachelor's of Science in Commerce and a Master's in Business Administration. After graduation he relocated to Long Beach, California, where he met his wife, Linda Wadleigh (nee Thomas). Donal earned his law degree from Pepperdine University, practicing law for several years, but found his true passion was teaching. He became a high school teacher at La Habra High School where he taught US Government, US History, and Politics. Upon retirement, he and his wife moved to Morro Bay, California. Donal loved to talk politics, boats, and current events. He had a passion for life and loved his family and friends dearly. Although he lived in Morro Bay, he went back to Gloucester, Massachusetts, every summer to reconnect with his older brother Art Wadleigh, Art's family and dear friends. Donal is survived by his two children, Bret Wadleigh and Cynthia Mauch, their spouses, and his four grandchildren (all girls!) Nikita, Macy, Nila, and Roya. They loved him very much and will miss him dearly. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to SmileTrain, www.smiletrain.org, a charity that funds corrective surgery for children born with cleft palates in poor or underdeveloped countries. This charity was near and dear to his heart, and he donated to their cause frequently. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries.
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