Date Honored: June 2014
Colonel MacDougald was a career Air Force officer who flew fighter aircraft for more than twenty years. His service included a combat tour in Viet Nam. He retired in 1980 and was the president of AMI Industries, an aerospace manufacturing firm.
Jim’s published book, Contrails, speaks to the importance of what one leaves behind. Accordingly, “It is difficult to say anything significant about life in just a few lines. It is such a treasure yet so easy to take for granted. When we are young, life is so exciting, so vibrant; there is so much to do, to see, to learn, to experience, that we simply become engrossed in it and enjoy it . . . Gradually we begin to see that life is not as simple as we once thought . . . sooner or later most of us begin to ask ourselves on a deeper level what it is all about . . . It really is a mystery, isn’t it? . . . Life can be beautiful; in the beauty of a flower, or the love of another person. It can also be difficult; in sickness, sorrow, and suffering. On balance, for most of us, it is a marvelous experience and we wouldn’t have missed it for the world.”
~ Michaele MacDougald, wife, on behalf of Jim MacDougald