A Dedication – The John Donoghue Faculty Lounge
By: Kathy Habel
It might be considered one of the most auspicious occasions in Archbishop Williams’s history. It may be looked at that way because on September 25th, the newly renovated AW faculty room was named the Donoghue Faculty Lounge honoring Mr. John Donoghue, Class of 1960, and current member of the Math department, past Assistant Vice-Principal, Academic Dean and Summer School Coordinator. John has worn many hats at Williams. The one he holds most dear is simply being a Bishop. For John, the students, colleagues, AW friends and school mission are at the center of his life – always has been, always will. As family, friends and former students classmates and students gathered in the cafeteria to honor John and to be present for the unveiling of the Donoghue plaque, the well deserved tributes for John were happily delivered. John’s sister, Eileen “Liz” Donoghue, ’68, spoke of John’s devotion to the school over several decades because he found at Williams his “second home”. Liz reflected that “of all the students and faculty that have come to Archbishop Williams, John is the embodiment of the Williams tradition.” Principal Volonnino said of John: “John deeply, deeply loves this place.” Anyone who knows John, know these words are more than true. A beloved teacher, John has been selfless in contributing to AWHS in innumerable ways over time, not only in the classroom but in alumni affairs and Administrative initiatives. John consistently finds ways to recognize students, past and present and with his encyclopedic recall of people and events in our AWHS history, John has been the “go to” person for our school’s principals and presidents.
It was no surprise that the new faculty room renovations and the decision to now know it as the Donoghue Faculty Lounge came through the generosity of Thomas Bogan, Class of 1968. Tom flew in from his Palo Alto home to honor John. He considers Mr. Donoghue to be one of his most influential teachers. Tom recalled the challenges he faced as a teenager: moving from Michigan to Brockton; coming to AWHS without a network of friends; navigating his way through his parents’ divorce; being, in his eyes, an average student. John Donoghue was there for the young Tom Bogan. John recognized Tom and cared for him in the ways good teachers do. Tom never forgot what he called his high school “transformative” experience. He gives credit to his former teacher enabling him to have “fit in, built confidence and envisioned outcomes that (he) could create.”
What a stellar footprint Mr. Donoghue left for his student, now a successful businessman and philanthropist. As all gathered enjoyed the toasts to John and seeing his utter surprise and then humility at the unveiling of the Donoghue plaque, the room took on a new meaning. It is now a reminder of the man who has lived his life living the motto and spirit of “the love of Christ drives us on”.