Dr. Archie P. McDonald taught history at Stephen F. Austin State University for 48 years and represented SFA president Dr. Baker Pattillo as university/community liaison. His popular weekly commentary was broadcast by the Red River Radio network, a National Public Radio affiliate. McDonald served as director of the East Texas Historical Association and editor of the association's journal for 37 years. He also served as president of the Texas State Historical Association and as vice chair of the Texas Historical Commission. He was the author/editor of more than 20 books on historical topics, as well as one book of humor titled "Helpful Cooking Hints for HouseHusbands of Uppity Women." McDonald's wife, Judy, served as president and CEO of the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation and was the first female mayor of Nacogdoches. She served on the city commission for a total of 18 years, and the city's public library is named in her honor. McDonald passed away Aug. 16, 2012.
The Archie McDonald Speaker Series was created in 2010 to honor McDonald's legacy as a distinguished scholar, educator and community commentator.
"His commitment to his craft is the strength of the man, which has resonated down through the decades and which has given me pleasure in knowing him as a friend and colleague." - Dr. Allen Richman, SFA professor emeritus of history"
He demands much, challenges continually and helps each student to master the requirements of academic scholarship. Dr. McDonald's accomplishments stand as an example of excellence to anyone considering a history career." - Dennis Bradford, SFA adjunct faculty member