Re-reading the Mageworld series, I’ve been thinking about Debra Doyle a lot. Last night I did a search online to find a list of her other works and stumbled onto a listing for her obituary, October 31, 2020, from heart failure. She graduated from Denison High School in 1970, I graduated in 1972. She was born in November of 1952 and I was born in October of 1954. Our parents were good friends for many years.
Debra was probably the smartest person I’ve ever known and she loved literature as much I do. She majored in English, earning her undergraduate degree at the Univ of Arkansas, and her PhD from the Univ of Pennsylvania where she met her husband, James. They traveled during his time with the US Navy and settled in Connecticut. They had four children together and wrote approximately 30 novels and 30 short stories together over the years, young adult and adult fiction, the best known being the Mageworld series.
You can find a listing of her works with husband James D. Macdonald here.
Her obituary can be found here.
Rest in Peace, Debra. I’ll always remember the super smart girl from High School who wrote Star Trek screenplays and entertained us with recitals. God bless, dear.