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On his 100th Birthday, College Prays for the Repose of Sir Daniel Donohue

Posted: July 30, 2019

Today marks what would have been the 100th birthday of Sir Daniel Donohue, a dear friend of Thomas Aquinas College who died in 2014. In his honor, College Chaplain Rev. Robert Marczewski offered a Requiem Mass this morning in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel, with Dan Grimm (’76) directing the schola.

For more than 40 years Sir Daniel served as president and chairman of the Dan Murphy Foundation, which promotes numerous Catholic initiatives, especially those pertaining to education and religious life. The Foundation has steadfastly supported Thomas Aquinas College ever since its founding in 1971, generously bolstering the College’s scholarship fund. The Foundation has also contributed to the construction of many buildings on the California campus, making magnificent lead gifts for St. Bernardine of Siena Library and Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel. In 1993 the College awarded Sir Daniel its highest honor, the Saint Thomas Aquinas Medallion, and in 1999, it inducted the Dan Murphy Foundation into the Order of St. Albert the Great.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sir Daniel; his wife, Countess Bernardine Donohue, who passed away in 1968; and his beloved sister, Rosemary, who died in 2015. 

In Memoriam Sir Daniel J. Donohue, 1919 – 2014

Sir Daniel J. Donohue at the College’s 30th Anniversary Dinner in 2001