12/03/1928 – 11/07/2019

Richard Donovan, the middle of 11 children born to Edward Donovan and Bertha (Betz) Donovan in Washington, DC, died in Naples, FL on 11/7/2019, at nearly age 91. He is survived by a sister, Teresa Edwards of Naples, FL (11th of the 11), a sister-in-law, Stella Donovan, six children, Loretta “Lori” Donovan of Upper Marlboro, MD, Mary Donovan of Silver Spring, MD, Mark (Lisa) Donovan of Louisville, KY, Pauline Downey of Wake Forest, NC, William “Bill” Donovan of Chula Vista, CA, Jeanne Donovan of Falls Church, VA, seven grandchildren, Carrie Scrufari and Emily Donovan of Louisville, Sofia Donovan, Tess Donovan and Rosie Donovan of Chula Vista, Dirk Downey of Wake Forest and Joseph Donovan of Falls Church, and dozens of nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews. Hi marriage to Elizabeth “Betty” (nee Downs) Donovan Lichtenberger ended in divorce. He was preceded in death by siblings Margaret (James) Curtin, Frances Donovan, Edward Donovan, Mary (Raymond) Kettl, Paul Donovan, SJ, Anne Donovan, John (Patricia) Donovan, Vincent Donovan, and Patricia Donovan, daughter-in-law Page Mericle Donovan, nieces Rosemary Boggs, Stella Stershic, Mary Beth Donovan, Maryanne Curtin, and nephew John Donovan.

Richard, known as “Dick,” was raised in Washington, DC, and attended Gonzaga High School. He received an A.B. from Georgetown University, a J.D. and LL.D. from Georgetown University School of Law, and an M.P.A. from Harvard University on a Bunting fellowship. His work life took him from the Atomic Energy Commission, to the Agency for International Development (through which he was posted in Saigon, Vietnam in 1967), a professorship at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and the Edison Electric Institute, from which he retired in the late ’80s. He volunteered at the Talbot (Co.) Hospice in Easton, MD for many years, then at various hospices in SW Florida, and taught English to numerous immigrants from all over the world.