Duncan Doane did some important things in life even before coming to Mountview. He grew up in Edgewood, Pennsylvania, a town just outside of Pittsburgh with shady trees and steep sidewalks. Duncan’s father was an electrical engineer, himself a descendant of a big Doane lumber company, and Duncan’s mother wrote columns for journals about literature, and especially on issues of women’s health and careers. His grandfather was Edgewood’s resident Presbyterian minister, a stern but humble descendant of the Cameron Clan of Scotland.
As an adolescent in Elmira, NY, and in New York City, Duncan was interested in pet mice, electrical wires and female dance partners, in no particular order. He lived in London Terrace Apartments with his mother while attending Trinity High School, in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He spent summer vacations with his grandparents at a summer cabin along the shore of Lake Weslemkoon, in the forests of Ontario, Canada. He enjoyed swimming, canoeing, fishing, playing his trumpet, gathering ice from the ice house and shooting his rile, for which he later received multiple trophies in marksmanship.