Archie McDonald, Ph.D.

Commentator

Archie P. McDonald (b. Nov. 29, 1935   -   d. Aug. 16, 2012) aught history at Stephen F. Austin State University for 47 years. He served as host and author of a commentary series on Red River Radio for more than a decade and also served on our community advisory board. He served as director of the East Texas Historical Association and editor of the Association’s Journal for 37 years. He was a past president of the Texas State Historical Association, past vice chair of the Texas Historical Commission, and author/editor of more than 20 books on historical topics—and one book of humor titled Helpful Cooking Hints for House Husbands of Uppity Women. Along with teaching, McDonald served as SFA's community liaison. His Red River Radio commentaries aired for many years on Fridays at 7:35 a.m.

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10:26am

Fri October 5, 2012
Commentary

McDonald: On taking stock of one's life

The late commentator Archie McDonald often exposed himself and invited us into his life. There were times when we learned of his shortcomings. Maybe he revealed them to help encourage us to slow down and think about our impact on others. He wrote this commentary on the verge of a big birthday. It was a time when he took stock of his life. This reveal may make a difference in someone else's journey today.

10:39am

Fri September 28, 2012
Commentary

McDonald: Summing up his love for the Deep South

The late commentator Archie McDonald often expressed his strong bond with his Nacogdoches kin. Over the years, he introduced us to many characters. But McDonald loved the Deep South. He grew up here, and knew its history through and through as a scholar and Regents Professor of history at Stephen F. Austin State University. This is his tidy Top 10 list about life in the South.

10:25am

Fri September 21, 2012
Commentary

McDonald: On the fall of life

The late commentator Archie McDonald marked the seasons of his life through his weekly visits with us for more than a decade. This one titled "September Song" helps us become more introspective about the beginning of autumn.

10:10am

Fri September 14, 2012
Commentary

McDonald: On recognizing the impact of teachers

The late commentator Archie McDonald began his academic career at Stephen F. Austin State University in 1964 as an assistant professor of history. He was a lifelong teacher, and we remember his tribute to the profession in this encore commentary from 2004.

8:00pm

Mon September 10, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Archie McDonald Speaker Series: James A. Baker III

Archie McDonald (L) with James A. Baker III (R)

Airs Monday, September 10 at 8:00 p.m.   Archie McDonald passed away Aug. 16 from illness and we were deeply saddened by the loss of this long time friend and contributor to Red River Radio, SFA University, the world of History scholarship, and all our communities to which he contributed tirelessly. At SFA University they honored him in many ways including creating an annual speakers series in his name. He was the host for these informative programs. In April of this year he had the privilege to speak with the Honorable James A. Baker, III.  We offer a repeat broadcast of this special now to honor his memory, friendship, love of community, and his dedicated support of education and citizenship over the course of his life.

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