2013 NIA Hall of Fame Inductee

 John & Carol McDougald 

(NIA#698  & #1076)  


John and Carol McDougald started in the insulator collecting hobby back in the early 1970’s.    Both have been extremely active in the hobby for many years.  Both have worked endlessly as a team over the years promoting the hobby in many ways.  Until recently, both were a permanent fixture at insulator shows as NIA officers, dealers, and genuinely caring people.

Their work brought many new collectors into the hobby and into the NIA.  They have also been instrumental in helping the hobby mature through various educational endeavors.

John graduated from the College of Wooster in 1965 with a degree in mathematics.  He was employed by Ohio Bell Telephone Company.  He retired from Ameritech in 1992 and began studies required to receive a Masters in Accountancy/Taxation.  He received his degree in December, 1995.  He is a CPA.  He then taught in the College of Business at Northern Illinois University until 2003.

Carol also graduated from the College of Wooster with a degree in biology and a minor in chemistry.  John and Carol were married June 25, 1966.  They have two sons, Bob and David.  Carol taught school for three years before retiring to raise their family and do volunteer work.  John began collecting insulators when Carol purchased a few at a garage sale and gave them to him for paper weights.

John is a charter member of the NIA, joining in 1974, being assigned member #698.  Carol joined the following year, receiving member #1076.

He served in several positions in the NIA including NIA President (1977-1978), Ethics Committee Chair (1984-1985), Bylaws Committee Chair (1985-1996), and Authentication & Classification Committee Chair (1996-2006).  His NIA service has spanned nearly 30 years and he recently volunteered to serve as a member of the Finance Committee.   Carol served as Treasurer (1976-1978) for the NIA as well as Historian (1982-1984).

Carol was editor of “Crown Jewels of the Wire” magazine from 1985-2003.  John wrote a column for the magazine titled ”Believe It or Not.”  John also had a website named Grampa Mac’s Insulator Emporium.com.

John and Carol are co-authors of “A History and Guide to North American Glass Pintype Insulators”, 1990 and “A History and Guide to North American Glass Pintype Insulators – Price Guide”, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007.   Carol has traveled the country photographing insulator collections.  In 1991, Carol accompanied collector friend Marilyn Albers on a research trip to Europe.

They produced the NIA Commemorative Insulators from 1979-2009.  In 2009 they graciously donated the insulator mold to the NIA.

They were also show hosts for the 1976 Berea, Ohio National.  Additionally, they hosted numerous local insulator shows and backyard barbeques.

Their other collecting interests include lightning rod balls, glass tail weather vanes and pre-WWII sheet music.  Carol has stated that her first love is the glass (any and all) but she also treasures colorful porcelain glazes and insulators that have “arms,” “noses” and stripes!  For forty years John has been involved in barbershopping.  He has been the assistant director of the Elgin (Illinois) Minutemen Chorus and sang with a quartet, the Nickelodeon Sound.  John and Carol both enjoy golfing.

Both Carol and John are two time NIA Outstanding Member award recipients (1982 & 1990) as well as NIA Lifetime Member award recipients (1984).

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