Published October 1, 2009
Mr. Donoghue, one of four sons of the late Daniel and Rose Ryan Donoghue, was a lawyer whose career included lengthy service to the federal government and in federal agencies, particularly the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
He and his wife, the late Patricia A. Donoghue, were parents of eight children: Sister Eileen Donoghue, a member of the Daughters of Charity, Ann Combs, Daniel Jr., John, William, Rose Olsen, Clare O’Rourke and Mary Pat Donoghue.
He is also survived by his two other brothers, Edward and Patrick Donoghue, and by 13 grandchildren.
Archbishop Donoghue celebrated the funeral Mass at St. Bernadette Church in Silver Spring on Friday, Sept. 25, followed by interment in Silver Spring. Father Jim Stack, a close family friend, gave the homily.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War, Mr. Donoghue went on to finish his undergraduate degree and receive his law degree from Catholic University of America. He began his federal career with the U.S. Department of Justice and was a White House Congressional Fellow in 1966.
President Gerald Ford honored him in 1974 for his work on the passage of the Energy Research and Development Act. This act created the Nuclear Regulatory Commission where he was director of administration from its creation until his retirement in 1982. President Ronald Reagan also honored him for his work on a cost-cutting initiative between the private and governmental sectors. After his retirement he worked for the Washington office of Stone and Webster.
His daughter Mary Pat, who is principal of St. Jerome Catholic School in Hyattsville, Md., said the family was very important to her father, who was “very involved with his grandchildren” and a role model for his offspring.
“He was truly a gentleman. He was a man who was guided by his Catholic faith and that is what he modeled for all of us,” she said.
The family has suggested two charitable organizations for memorial contributions: the Daughters of Charity, 333 South Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or Adopt-A-Student at St. Jerome School, 5207 42nd Place, Hyattsville, MD 20781.