June 17, 1929 ~ April 16, 2008
McDonald, Dianne, a 38-year resident of Palos Verdes, passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2008; she was 78 years old. Born in Queens, NY, she moved to Los Angeles as an infant with her parents. She grew up in Santa Monica and lived in Mandeville Canyon. She graduated high school from the Montecito School for Girls and attended both Palos Verdes College and UCLA. She loved to share stories from her childhood of attending boarding school and about the pioneers of the emerging southern California aviation industry. Dianne was a member of the Neighborhood Church in Palos Verdes and an avid lover of classical music. She was an accomplished French-horn musician and long-term member of both the El Camino and Palos Verdes Symphonic Bands. She was also a docent at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona and the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles and loved to share her knowledge of history and artifacts. Dianne also loved to travel and adventured to over 16 countries in her lifetime.
She is survived by husband, John McDonald of Palos Verdes Estates, CA; son, Bruce McDonald of Lafayette, CO; daughter, Carolyn Price of Redondo Beach, CA; and grandchildren Brittany Price, Andrew Price, and Adam McDonald. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elizabeth and Ivar Shogran.
Her service will be held at the Neighborhood Church of Palos Verdes on Friday April 25th. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Palos Verdes Symphonic Band, 18430 Kingsdale Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA 90278.
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