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ANDOVER, MA: Donald Joseph Mulvey, 83, died on December 31, 2015, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill after a short illness. Don was born on April 28, 1932, to Joseph A.and Leona (Buckley) Mulvey. He was a true Andover native, having been born at home in Shawsheen Village. He was a graduate of Phillips Academy, Class of 1950, and Harvard College, Class of 1954, where he was an All-American backstroker.

Don is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nancy (Mumford); a son, Steven M. of Rosendale, N.Y.; and a daughter, Kathryn L. and her spouse, Patricia Lambert, of Washington D.C.; his sisters, Jean Friedmann of Princeton, N.J., and Susan Rattray of Cos Cob, Conn.; and in-laws, nieces and nephews. He also leaves his beloved beagle, Wanda, the last of his canine companions.

After service in the U.S. Army, Don joined the group pension underwriting department of New England Life Insurance Company, working for 30 years in product development. He then worked part-time for five years for the executive development program of the school of management of Northeastern University. Don was a committed and active volunteer with organizations and causes addressing social justice and equal rights, including the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover for more than 45 years. He served on the Board of Directors, as collector, and as a leader of the welcoming congregation committee working for justice and equality for LGBTQ individuals. He was an early supporter of A Better Chance (ABC) of Andover, and a founding member of Andover Community Trust (ACT), creators of affordable housing in the town. Don served on the Andover Planning Board for five years and was a classroom volunteer for 10 years at West Elementary School. He also compiled an oral history for Andover’s 350th anniversary, interviewing people who had grown up in town and transcribing their reminiscences into an interesting booklet. His own contribution to Andover’s history is a diary he kept at the age of 12 that provides a funny and engaging look at a boy’s life in Andover in the mid-1940s. Excerpts appeared in the Andover Townsman over a period of months in 1992 and were a great hit. A lifelong (and unabashed) liberal and loyal Red Sox fan, Don was always interested in discussions about politics, issues, religion, and sports. He was an avid golfer, delighted to have had two holes-in-one. His interest in swimming never waned as he was the starter at Phillips Academy’s home swim meets for 25 years, swam and medaled in several Masters national championships, and was a frequent swimmer at the Y. In recent years, health issues prevented much physical activity, but he maintained lifelong friendships and enjoyed crossword puzzles and games of Scrabble and gin rummy.

A service to celebrate Don’s life will be held on Saturday, January 16, at 1 p.m., at the North Parish Church, 190 Academy Road, North Andover, MA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Don’s memory may be made to the UU Congregation in Andover, 6 Locke Street, Andover, the Humane Society of the United States www.humanesociety.org, or Andover Community Trust www.andoverclt.org. To sign the family guest book, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.
Published on  January 6, 2016
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