November 30, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Cheers:Some family secrets are less burdensome than others. Jack MacDonald, a Seattle lawyer who quietly amassed a fortune by investing a bit of inherited family money, died recently at the age of 98, and that's when his secret was revealed. MacDonald, it was announced this week, has donated a total of about $188 million to benefit Seattle Children's Hospital, the University of Washington School of Law, and the Salvation Army."Our family has lived with the 'secret' of Jack's generous fortune for more than 40 years, all while being amazed at his frugal lifestyle and modest demeanor," stepdaughter Regen Dennis said. "He was quirky and eccentric in many ways, and always stayed true to himself by acting on his convictions to do the most good with his wealth." Humble and generous? That's our kind of millionaire.