Donald Baxter MacMillan

Donald Baxter MacMillan

Provincetown, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 7 Sep 1970 (aged 95)
Provincetown, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Provincetown, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 3162 · View Source
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Explorer. Born in Provincetown, Massachusetts, he was an explorer, sailor and researcher, who made over 30 pioneering expeditions to the Artic. After graduating from Bowdoin College with a degree in geology in 1898, he taught at various colleges before taking his first journey to the North Pole in 1908. In 1913, he organized his own Arctic expedition to Greenland, as the Crocker Land Expedition, sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History. Because of heavy ice conditions, the expedition was stranded for four years in the Arctic until he was rescued 1917. When he returned to the United States, he joined the US Navy and served as a Commander in the Atlantic during World War I. World. After the war with his schooner Bowdoin, he began to make many more Arctic expeditions. In 1935 at age 60, he married Miriam Look and together they did more exploratory work in the Artic circle. During World War II, MacMillan was again with the US Navy consulting on Arctic work and compiling an Eskimo-English conversational dictionary for the military at the rank of Rear Admiral. Following the war, with his wife he resumed his northward sailings exploring the white ice packs of the North Pole. He made his last trip to the Arctic in 1954, at age 82 and was noted for being the first to land on King Christian Island and the first to use airplanes over the far North. He died at age 95 in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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