Alice McDonald Macintosh


Alice McDonald Macintosh of Wethersfield Commons died August 29, 2013 at St. Elizabeth Home. She was the wife of the late Henry Havelock Macintosh.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, the daughter of the late William L. McDonald and Kate (White) McDonald. Mrs. Macintosh was prominent in the Rhode Island banking community, becoming the first woman Vice President in the 106-year history of Hospital Trust National Bank. Alice rose through the ranks in a 40-year span from bookkeeping, teller, Branch Manager and many other positions on the ladder. She was President of the Rhode Island Bankers Association and founder, charter member of the National Association of Bank-Women, Inc., Rhode Island Chapter. Mrs. Macintosh was a graduate of the School of Bank Marketing at Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois; the Graduate School of Bank Marketing Management at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin; and Simmons College Management School, Boston, Massachusetts, sponsored by the National Association of Bank-Woman, Inc.

In 1976 she received a PhD Business Administration from Providence College. She was the first woman elected to the Board of Trustees of Providence College before it went coed. Gerald Ford (R) was President of the United States when Senator Pastore submitted her nomination for Treasurer of the United States. She served as a Member of the Board of Narragansett Electric Co., a Trustee of the Ocean State Tax Exempt Fund; and first woman Chairman of the Board of AAA Auto Club of Rhode Island. Past Vice President and a Member of the Executive Committee of United Way, as well as the Boards of Justice Assistance and Rhode Island Special Olympics. Mrs. Macintosh also served for a number of years on the Convention Authority of the City of Providence and was Past President of the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

In 1986 she was appointed Chief Supervisory Clerk of the Superior Court of the State of Rhode Island. She was instrumental in modernizing the Clerk’s Office during her tenure. Always interested and active in the arts, she was a member of the Providence Art Club and chaired a capital campaign committee to raise funds for the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. Mrs. Macintosh served on the Roman Catholic Diocesan Long Range Planning Team as a Trustee of the Diocesan Endowment Fund; and a former Trustee of St. Joseph Church, Hope Street, Providence. She was an honorary member of the Warwick Country Club and a member of The University Club.

She is survived by three nephews and a niece - William G. McDonald, Jr. of Copake, New York, Francis L. McDonald of Silver Spring, Maryland, M. Brian McDonald of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Kate McDonald Gibbons of Tampa, Florida.

The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Atria-Harborhill and St. Elizabeth Home and her good friends at Wethersfield Commons, especially Ward Edwards, for their kindness.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 596 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick. Interment will be private. Calling hours are respectfully omitted.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Camphill Village, Copake, New York 12516, in honor of William G. McDonald, Jr. or to the John S. Peterson, OP Scholarship Fund at Providence College in her memory or a charity of your choice. Arrangements by The Urquhart-Murphy Funeral Home.


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