Dr. James A. Donaldson, UW Otolaryngology professor emeritus, attended Shattuck Military Academy, MIT, the University of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota Medical School. Following two years in the U.S. Public Health Service, he completed a fellowship at the Otologic Medical Group (now the House Ear Clinic, Los Angeles) and then joined the faculty at the University of Iowa. In 1965, Dr. Donaldson was appointed to chair the newly created Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Washington. The following year, he co-published Surgical Anatomy of the Temporal Bone and Ear, still the standard text in its field. Dr. Donaldson enjoyed designing and making things, from furniture to camping equipment, and he designed the Donaldson ear tube, one of the first commercial ear tubes.

Dr. Donaldson died March 20, 2016, in Redmond, Washington.