Alexander Donaldson, who occupies a position of large responsibility as superintendent of the Solano County Hospital,
is one of the well known citizens of this county, having lived here since 1894. His has been a life of industry,
and idleness has no part in his make up, for he early learned the important truth that only he who works for it
may attain success. He is a native of Australia and was born on the 2d of October, 1872, a son of John and Mary
Jane (Blair) Donaldson, the former of whom was a native of Scotland and the latter of Australia. When our subject
was about ten years of age the family came to California, and the father was employed on Mare island for a number
of years. Both parents are now deceased.
Alexander Donaldson received his education in the public schools and in the school of experience. Upon reaching
years of maturity he went to work in the Mare Island navy yard and for eleven years was employed as a planner and
estimator there. On the 1st of March, 1924, he was appointed superintendent of the Solano County Hospital, and
he is still discharging the duties of that office. Prior to taking this position he had made a visit to Alaska
and all sections of the Pacific coast, and by attentive and thoughtful reading and close observation he has become
a well informed man. He has proven himself the right man for the place which he is filling, for in addition to
business ability and the exercise of common sense in the management of such an institution, the successful superintendent
also must have a deep human sympathy for those unfortunates who are under his care. This is one of the chief keynotes
to Mr. Donaldson's success, for it is his constant aim and effort to make the inmates contented and happy and to
see that they receive the care and attention that they should have.
Mr. Donaldson was married to Miss Nora Cahill, a native of the state of Nevada, and they have one child, Ramona.
Fraternally he is a member of Lodge No. 229, Free and Accepted Masons, at Vallejo, of which he is a past master;
Lodge No. 559, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, and the Improved Order of Red Men, both of the latter also
at Vallejo. Politically Mr. Donaldson maintains an independent attitude, voting for the men and measures which
in his judgment will be for the best public interests. He is a lover of out of door life and is especially fond
of fishing, in which he is an adept. In all the relations of life he has been true to every trust, and because
of his marked ability, genuine worth and friendly disposition he has won and retains the confidence and esteem
of the entire community.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Solano County, CA
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