Don Douglas

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameDonald Willis "Don"•Douglas, Jr.
Used nameDon•Douglas
Born3 July 1917 in Washington, District of Columbia (USA)
Died3 October 2004 in Riverside, California (USA)
AffiliationsLos Angeles YC, Los Angeles (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


Don Douglas is the youngest American male to win an Olympic medal in any sport. He was only in high school in 1932, but started at Stanford shortly thereafter, where he studied mechanical engineering and aeronautical engineering. As a sailor, he successfully took part several times in the Trans-Pacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Hawai’i. Soon after college graduation in 1938 he began a career with Douglas Aircraft, the company which had been founded by his father, and later the McDonnell-Douglas Corp., which lasted over four decades. Douglas eventually became president and chief executive officer of that corporation and was very active in setting up research and development programs in the aerospace field in southern California.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Sailing USA Don Douglas
6 metres, Open (Olympic) Gallant 2 Silver