Malden Musings pays tribute to an American hero and legendary Maldonian! Malden Musings commemorates Memorial Day and the May 21st, 1976 passing of a giant of a man, Torbert Hart Macdonald. His daughter Laurie on her famous father: “As for the history, for the record, my father was President Kennedy’s roommate at Harvard, and life-long close friend. They both joined the navy, and both were PT Boat captains in WWII. My father was awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart for his wartime actions. He was an usher at Jack’s wedding and an honorary pallbearer at the funeral. In fact, my father had been with Jack in Palm Beach the weekend before the assassination. President Kennedy was also my older brother’s godfather. “Jack” and “Torby” both died far too young; the President in 1963 and my father in 1976 at age 58, after serving 21 years in Congress. It was his death that created the vacancy that now-Sen. Ed Markey filled.” Thank you, Laurie!
Did you know that the memorial stone dedicated to Torby, was originally dedicated in 1984 by the Italian Heritage Society and was located at 200 Pleasant St. but moved to the Macdonald Stadium facility and placed alongside the memorial of Torbert’s late father, John G. “Jack” Macdonald, for whom Macdonald Stadium is named.