Donald Keith McBride of Highland and Mount Airy, MD stepped into heaven on July 13 exactly three months shy of his 90th birthday. He was born to Donald Opie McBride and Keith McGregor McBride on October 13, 1929. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Carolyn McBride Brown (Robert), and a son, Kuno Keifer (Sonia). He is survived by his wife, Mary Kilgore McBride who has been a strong and loving support through his long illness. He is also survived by his son, Donald Keith McBride, Jr. (Cynthia), and their children, Sandy (Jay), Robby (Lynne) and Ryan (Elizabeth). He is also survived by Kuno’s 3 sons, Thomas (Jessica), Andreas and Konstantin (Nadine) and his 11 great grandchildren. In addition, he leaves a sister, Roberta McBride Damon (William).
Don served in the United States Army during WWII where he was stationed in Nuremberg, Germany. When he came back to the States he joined the Air Force Reserve and applied for active duty. He served in England and Guam for eight years. While in the service he earned an undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech and a master’s degree at the University of North Carolina.
To the end of his life, even when in assisted living, he proudly wore Hokie baseball caps.
Don worked for the Social Security Administration until his retirement after which he and Mary opened print shops in Olney, Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Chevy Chase. Active in the community, Don often dressed as Benjamin Franklin, demonstrating his printing skills on an antique press. Through the years, Don enjoyed gardening, sailing and big game hunting with his good friend, Jim Alexander. Don and Mary were active members of Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church while living in Highland MD.
Don’s family wishes to thank the care givers who attended to his needs through his last years at Country Meadows and Sunrise Assisted living facilities in Frederick, MD. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Virginia Tech in his name.