"I think that was exciting for her - setting an example for the thousands of women who have since graduated from the university and today don't think about the fact that it was once all male," said Ms. Donoghue's husband, Joseph Hare.
Ms. Donoghue worked her way through school. She later became a financial analyst for Exxon Mobil Corp., working there for nearly 30 years, and also earned a master's degree in business administration from Widener University.
In 2001, Ms. Donoghue capped off years of volunteer efforts for a school alumni group first known as the Wildcat Club and later as the Blue White Scholarship Foundation. She became director of the foundation, which provides scholarships to Villanova students. She took on the responsibility in the midst of her 14-year battle with breast cancer. Her illness had forced her to retire from Exxon Mobil, but she remained involved in the alumni group.
"She was in here working up until about four weeks ago," said Bob Capone, executive director of the foundation.
In addition to her husband, Ms. Donoghue is survived by a daughter, Cathleen "Casey" D. Hare; a son, Joseph P. Hare; her mother, Mary Dorothy Donoghue; three brothers; and two sisters.
Services and burial were March 30.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Carol Donoghue Memorial Scholarship, Blue White Scholarship Foundation, Box 412, Villanova, Pa. 19085.
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