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Donna Alice Short McBride, 69, died on August 1, 2023, at T. Boone Pickens Center Faith Presbyterian Hospice in Dallas, Texas, two months following a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. She was born on August 24, 1953, in Dallas to Millard Donald and Barbara Alice Feris Short, and grew up in Oak Cliff, where she graduated from Justin F. Kimball High School in 1971. She married Philip McBride in Dallas on July 16, 1977. Donna and Phil shared a common faith and an abiding love. Together they enjoyed spending time with family and friends, collecting art, renovating their homes, trying new restaurants, and traveling, especially their many trips to Europe, Canada, and throughout the U.S.
A lifelong scholar, Donna majored in history and minored in Spanish at the University of Texas at Arlington. She earned her B.A. from UTA in 1976, graduating magna cum laude. She earned an M.A. in Arts and Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas in December 1987, and a Ph.D. in Arts and Humanities with concentrations in literary studies and the history of ideas from the same institution in 1992.
Among many honors, Donna was named a Coolidge Fellow in 1995, receiving a research fellowship from the Association for Religion and Intellectual Life to do postdoctoral work at Harvard University and the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Southern Methodist University awarded her a Dedman College Fellowship to attend a postgraduate seminar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993.
Donna spent her professional life as an educator at the secondary and collegiate levels. She loved to teach, starting her career at Tyler Street Christian Academy. She first served Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, Texas, as a Spanish and history teacher, chairing the foreign language and history departments, before leaving in 1985 to pursue graduate work. She returned to Trinity as head of the upper school in 1994, stepping down in 2000 to resume her first love, teaching. Until her retirement from Trinity in 2014, she inspired generations of Advanced Placement students by teaching the school’s nationally recognized humanities curriculum that she helped develop. Her students appreciated her humor, wit, wisdom, and passion for the subject. She was a master storyteller.
In addition to her work in secondary schools, Donna also was a senior lecturer in rhetoric and co-director of the Freshman Writing Program at the University of Texas at Dallas from 1993-1994, and a full-time lecturer in English at SMU the prior academic year.
Donna continued to teach following her retirement from Trinity Christian Academy, leading adult discussion groups in the popular “The Historians” book study sponsored by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture from 2016-2021. She also led a science fiction book discussion group for the Institute and was named a Fellow of the Dallas Institute. She was a senior consultant in history for the MacMillan Institute until 2023, served on the board of the Louise and Donald Cowan Center for Education, and was part of the leadership team, conducting teacher in-service workshops.
Donna was, foremost, a woman of faith, deeply committed to her relationship with Jesus Christ. She was raised at what is now known as Elmwood United Methodist Church in Oak Cliff. She was passionate about helping the less fortunate and providing women with opportunities to achieve.
Relationships were also supremely important to her, and she loved staying connected to her four brothers and their families and other relatives. She was an exemplary friend, the one who organized regular gatherings with her lifelong girlfriends and in-person or Zoom get-togethers with other treasured “sisters” and friends. Always the first to send a birthday card or note, Donna kept relationships fresh. She was everyone’s go-to person. She personified the adage, “To have a friend you must be one.” She kept everyone laughing with her humorous stories.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents, her uncle Richard, and her niece Alissa. She is survived by her husband; her brothers David, Stephen (Coleen), Timothy (Kari), and Richard (Alice); her aunt Charline and her partner, Gary; her sister-in-law, Brenda, and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A celebration of life service will be held for Donna at 1 p.m. on Friday, August 25, 2023, at Kessler Park United Methodist Church, 1215 Turner Ave., Dallas, Texas 75208.
Memorials to Donna may be directed toward one of the following organizations she particularly
Celebration of life
Kessler Park United Methodist Church
1215 Turner Ave., Dallas, Texas 75208
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