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David B. McDonald, pharmaceutical salesman and coin dealer, dies

David B. McDonald, a retired pharmaceutical representative who also collected and sold coins, died Saturday at Inspirations Memory Care of Westminster. He was 68.

David Blaess McDonald, who was born in Detroit, was the son of Arthur McDonald, a Navy pilot, and Maxine Blaess McDonald, and because of his father’s career moved frequently.

He was a graduate of Mainland Regional High School in Linwood, N.J., and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1972 in political science from Gettysburg College, where he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. In 1978, he obtained a master’s in business management from Frostburg State University.

For 30 years until retiring in 2005, Mr. McDonald, a Westminster resident, was a pharmaceutical representative for Boehringer Ingelheim, a German pharmaceutical company.

A collector of British Commonwealth coins, Mr. McDonald also owned and operated Westminster Rare Coins in Westminster.

“I shall miss him greatly as he was truly a part of my professional and personal life,” Richard Gladdle, a numismatic consultant for A. H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd., a London coin dealer, wrote in an email.

“David and I had some marvelous trips together to various American Numismatic Association conventions all over your country — not to mention some fun times indeed when he took time out to teach me kayaking and whitewater rafting,” he wrote.

Mr. McDonald closed his business in 2017.

He had been a member of numerous numismatic organizations and was a former member of the Lions Club.

In addition to kayaking, whitewater rafting and skiing, Mr. McDonald enjoyed camping. He was also a student of history and collected maps and atlases from the early Colonial period, and books related to the Civil War.

Mr. McDonald was a member of Ascension Episcopal Church, 23 N. Court St., Westminster, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Patricia Pearce, an attorney and mediator; three daughters, Melissa McDonald of Hampden, and Brooke Fritz and Kelsey McDonald, both of Mount Washington; and two granddaughters.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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