Donald Thomas Dolan
Donald Thomas Dolan, 86, of Southport, North Carolina, passed away on February 17, 2023, after a brief illness. He leaves behind his beloved wife of over 61 years, Anna (Joyce) Dolan, his sons Brian Dolan and Peter Dolan, his daughter Jeanne (Dolan) Raibeck, Jeanne’s husband Eric Raibeck and grandsons Connor Cavanna and Damian Dolan.
Donald grew up in New York City which is where he met his wife Anna. They began their life together in Stamford, Connecticut where they started a family. They then spent many years living in Ridgefield, Connecticut where they continued to raise their family. Later they moved to East Haddam, Connecticut for a few years before retiring to St. James Plantation in Southport, North Carolina.
Donald was born September 23, 1936 to Florence (Anderson) Dolan and Thomas Dolan in New York City. Given his love for science, he pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College, followed by a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from New York University.
Donald began his career post-college in the 1960's at Graphic Sciences in Stamford, Connecticut as an Engineer, then worked at Goldmark Communications in Stamford, Connecticut in the 1970's under the tutelage of Peter C. Goldmark, who invented the long-playing phonograph record for CBS. Donald finished off his esteemed career at Pitney Bowes as a Distinguished Engineer working in the Mailing Machines Division. He received the Fred T. Allen Award for his work on the LED Printing Technology Team in 1983. Donald also reached the level of Principal Fellow as an award for excellence in Engineering and Technology in 1998. His work on the Paragon/MMP program was duly recognized and he secured over 30 patents for the company during his years of service.
Donald's interests included a love for movies and history novels. He always took great pride in caring for his castle and was an all-around craftsman and could fix anything. He enjoyed many years of playing golf and joined several golf leagues over the years. In addition to his career accomplishments, he will always be remembered as a loving husband, dear father and father-in-law, as well as 'Papa' to his two grandsons.
A future memorial service is to be planned in Connecticut.
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