Marianne McDonald, trained in classics and music, is Professor of Classics and Theatre at the University of California, San Diego. She is well known for her work on ancient Greek drama, mythology, and modern versions of ancient classics in film, plays, and opera. She is also recognized for her own poems, plays, and translations, which have been widely published. McDonald is founder of the renowned McDonald Center at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, whose success rate is among the highest in the nation in treating drug and alcohol abuse. The Scripps McDonald Center helps restore quality of life and integrates patient and family support to rebuild lives. Among her many awards, she has received the Order of the Phoenix from the Prime Minister of Greece, the UCI Medal, Civis Universitatis award from UCSD, and gold medals from the mayors of Athens and Piraeus. She has six children, a black belt in karate, and plays classical piano and harp. A 1999 Fulbright professor, adjunct professor at Trinity College Dublin, and a fellow at the National University of Ireland, McDonald is also one of the few women elected to the Royal Irish Academy.
17th Annual San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception
Five San Diego women will be honored at the 17th Annual Women's Hall of Fame in March of 2018. Nominations are currently being accepted at the Women's Museum by mail or email.