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Sanford N. McDonnell, 1922-2012



Sanford N. McDonnell, Distinguished Eagle Scout And Former Council And National President, Leaves Legacy Of Youth Development

Mr. McDonnell’s passion for and devotion to the Boy Scouts of America was unparalleled by any corporate leader in the United States. He began serving Scouting as an adult volunteer leader in 1964 and quickly learned how Scouting’s principles helped develop character in young people. The impact was so strong that Mr. McDonnell adopted the Scout Oath and Scout Law as the guiding ethical and moral principles for the McDonnell Douglas Corporation, where he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for nine years.

At the grassroots level, he led a contingent to the Philmont Scout Ranch and completed Wood Badge training. He served as president of the Greater St. Louis Area Council and the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  He received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. For his service to the Boy Scouts of America at the council, regional and national levels he was presented, respectively, the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope and Silver Buffalo awards.

He displayed a strong commitment to young people throughout our community and nation. However, his willingness to continue helping young people did not end there. Mr. McDonnell created CHARACTERPlus, the nation’s largest community character education project. He also established the Sanford N. McDonnell Leadership Academy in Character Education through the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Mr. McDonnell guided the McDonnell Douglas Corporation to the top of the aerospace industry. McDonnell Douglas, which became the Boeing Company in 1997, played an important role in the nation’s defense system. The company dominated markets in commercial and military aircraft, missiles, and the exploration of space.

The Eagle Scout Association mourns the loss of Sanford Noyes McDonnell. He died on March 19 2012, at the age of 89.


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