People: Sep. 1, 1967

He was a sea captain's son, aground in a teaching job at Worcester Academy in 1908, when Robert E. Peary asked if he would like to join an Arctic expedition. Donald MacMillan not only went north that time—on the first successful journey to the Pole—but returned to the Arctic 35 times as leader of his own expeditions, mostly at the helm of his 80-ft. schooner Bowdoin, before he and his boat retired together in 1959. Author of several books, including the first Eskimo-English dictionary, MacMillan was a botanist and zoologist as well as the...

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