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Douglas Gordon MacDuff
October 23, 2023
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Douglas Gordon MacDuff, of Needham formerly of Fall River died on Oct 23, 2023, at Benchmark Senior Living at Robbins Brook in Acton. He was 87.
Born and raised in Fall River, he was a graduate of B.M.C Durfee High School in 1954 and MIT School of Architecture in 1959, receiving the degree of bachelor’s in architecture and was awarded the Arthur Rotch Prize for Academic Achievement. He was a member of the Massachusetts Army National Guard and attended the Massachusetts Military Academy, receiving a Second Lieutenants Commission and served for 11 years and attained the rank of Captain.
Douglas became a registered architect in 1965, and after years of service with several larger architectural firms in the Boston area, he became an associate in 1975. He began individual practice as a Consulting Architect in 1978 and developed a specialty practice in the planning and design of office and industrial buildings and parks. He retired in 2005.
Douglas had been a resident of Needham since 1960 and had been a member of the Needham Congregational Church for many years and served as a consultant to the Greater Boston YMCA.
Douglas was married for forty years to the late Sara “Sally” (Goodall) MacDuff and is survived by his daughter Alyson and her ex-husband Mark Fortune and their children, Nathaniel Issac, and Cara Paige Fortune, all of Littleton, MA. He is also survived by his sister Arline V. Holland of Needham, his nieces, Susan Holland of Needham and Nancy Bowin and her husband Paul, and by grandniece and grandnephew Sarah (Bowin) Quigley and Scott Bowin all of Norton, MA.
Douglas will be buried in Brookdale Cemetery in Dedham.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in his memory to The Home for Little Wanderers, 10 Guest St. Boston, MA 02135, would be appreciated.