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Joseph P. McDonough


Joseph P. McDonough practiced law for some 40 years. He was a poet, compiling his verse in a collection he called, "Potpourri of Poetry." He retired from the practice of law in 1991; he was a longtime partner of attorney Dwight Stanford. McDonough also taught contracts at Balboa Law School, where he had attended law school. (Balboa later became California Western School of Law.) He was also a judge pro tem and an arbitrator.

McDonough was born in St. Louis and his family moved to Los Angeles in 1925. During World War II, he served with the Army Air Forces in the "Red Raiders," the 19th Squadron of the 22nd Bomb Group, in Australia.

McDonough lived in Coronado for 60 years, moved to Bay Park in 1996, and then in 2002 moved to Palm Springs. He died February 22 at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs at the age of 87.

[Source: Jack Williams, "Joseph P. McDonough, 87; a lawyer for four decades," The San Diego Union-Tribune, March 13, 2004, p. B-7]