Francis McDonald, 74

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 7:30am

Francis “Frank” McDonald, Jr. passed away on Sept. 3, 2016 in Massachusetts. He was born on Dec. 13, 1941, raised in Michigan and Paris, educated at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Chicago, and Oxford University. He was a Renaissance man. He served as the Executive Administer of Anguilla during the late 1960s, when it was transitioning from English rule to independence, and then spent six years as a Fellow with the Institute of Current World Affairs, reporting on Caribbean island nation-states. 

When traveling and lecturing in Cuba, he was detained in solitary and accused of espionage. Following imprisonment in Cuba, he settled in Ireland for 20 years, where he refurbished an old stone manor house and wrote a New York Times best-selling novel, "Provenance," about World War II art looting. He returned to America to research bioterrorism and founded BioMatrix, a counterterrorism consulting group, in Cambridge. His travels eventually landed him on Block Island, where he managed the Spring Street Gallery and the Sea Breeze Inn.

He is survived by his partner in life, Elizabeth Gavett of Newton, Mass.; his daughter, Dr. Kristin Kuzma of San Francisco; his granddaughter, Sophia Kuzma; two sisters, Nancy Heythaler and Maryellen McLean of Michigan; and a brother, Terry McDonald of Texas. Services and burial were held at the University of Notre Dame, Cedar Grove Cemetery.