HONORING BOB J. McDONALD
(Extensions of Remarks - May 23, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E736]
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                        HONORING BOB J. McDONALD

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                          HON. JEB HENSARLING

                                of texas

                    in the house of representatives

                        Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  Mr. HENSARLING. Mr. Speaker, today I would like to recognize Mr. Bob 
McDonald from Athens, Texas. Mr. McDonald is to be commended for his 
work to support and maintain the historic Athens Cemetery in Henderson 
County, Texas.
   A retired engineer, Mr. McDonald began his work at the cemetery at a 
time when it was badly in need of refurbishment. He designed and 
oversaw the installation of a new sprinkler system, a new brick entry 
and wrought-iron fencing, a columbarium, and numerous other 
improvements. For more than fifteen years, he has played a vital role 
in the cemetery's operation, serving as treasurer, public liaison, and 
overseer of the grounds.
   Mr. McDonald also spearheaded efforts to research and classify the 
cemetery's interments so that visitors could easily find the graves 
they sought. He also created a roster of veterans buried at the 
cemetery that dates back to 1850, which is sorted according to the 
conflict in which the veterans served.
   Mr. McDonald also volunteers his time at the East Texas Arboretum, 
and is a former member of the Trinity Valley Community College Board of 
Trustees. He was honored as the Athens Citizen of the Year in 1999.
   I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the entire 5th 
Congressional District of Texas, to thank Mr. Bob McDonald for his 
dedicated philanthropy to the citizens of Henderson County, Texas.

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