Alumni Obituary

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please see attached. Could you please publish in the next issue of the Villanovan?Ms Donoghue was anactive member of the Alumni Class of 1972 and a graduate of thefirst female class of Villanova.Thank you Bob Capone, Exec Director

Carol Donoghue – March 25, 2005 Carol Donoghue Hare, ’72, Scholarship Director for the Blue White Scholarship Foundation, and a Villanovan through and through, passed away on March 24, 2005 after a lengthy battle with cancer. But not before she dragged her husband, Joe, ’72, and their children, Joe and Casey, to Jacksonville in late January, at the last minute, for the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl appearance, without game tickets or a place to stay. She just said, “we’re going.” It was typical of Carol, whose drive and spirit, usually focused on Villanova, knew no bounds, even for the Eagles. The Hares found a place to stay, got tickets and cheered for the Eagles, alas, in vain. As a member of the first class of women to graduate from Villanova (1972), Carol devoted herself to the University. She was a pioneer for women’s involvement in the Villanova Alumni Association, and received the coveted Alumni Medal in 1992 for her innovative programs directed toward women’s issues. She was also recognized for her tireless efforts in fund raising, receiving the Blue White Scholarship Foundation’s Edward D. Riley Award in 2003, and the Villanova Loyalty Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of the Alumni Association, the first woman to receive the award in its 72 years of existence.The Scholarship Foundation, which has awarded almost $1.2 million in grants to enable Villanova scholars in their junior and senior years to stay in school and graduate, has created a Carol Donoghue Memorial Scholarship so her efforts will not be forgotten.”There are many alumni and supporters who are instrumental to the success of the Foundation,” said Bob Capone, ’62 and ’72, Foundation Executive Director, “but Carol was a special person, a special Villanovan, and a special force in our scholarship efforts. The scholarship in her name was earned the old fashioned way.” Carol graduated from Gwynedd Mercy Academy, entered Villanova, where she had many accomplishments, including election to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.Joe and Carol were married soon after graduation, and as Joe pursued his mandatory Navy career (where he is now a two-star Admiral in the Naval Reserve), Carol embarked on a long and distinguished business career with the Exxon Mobile Corporation for almost 30 years.But it was Villanova basketball that always was her passion. There could not have been a bigger fan. After retiring from Exxon, she was a fixture at almost every home game, and many away, often vociferously challenging the mental acuity of referees.One eulogizer in a reception after Carol’s funeral recalled the controversial call a few days earlier when Villanova guard Allan Ray was charged with a dubious traveling call with nine seconds left against North Carolina that cost the Cats the game and a trip to the Elite Eight.

“Come on, be honest with me,” he said, “watching that game last Friday night, didn’t you think of Carol, and couldn’t you just hear her yelling ‘That wasn’t traveling’?” The spur-of-the-moment Eagles foray this year was not her first. In 1985, watching at home on TV as the Cats beat North Carolina in the Southeast Region finals, Carol decided she and Joe were going to the Final Four in Louisville. No ifs, ands or buts. Also, no tickets and no place to stay. But she knew she could make it happen.Capone got Carol and Joe tickets. They found a place to stay. In one of the most astounding upsets in the history of collegiate sports, her team won its all that year, beating Georgetown, and she was there.Her spirit lives on through the legacy she has left us all.###