Thomas Donaghy was born in 1928 in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania to Henry and Ann Donaghy. His father worked for Philadelphia Electric and his mother was a homemaker. He attended Catholic schools, including West Catholic High in Philadelphia, and committed to the Christian Brothers in 1946. Having received his B.A. in History at Catholic University in 1952, he taught at St. Francis Vocational School, Pittsburgh Central Catholic, and La Salle College High School. He completed his doctoral dissertation at Pittsburgh University on the history of the Manchester Railway. Hired to teach at La Salle College in the History Department, he attained full professorship and directed the summer school. His numerous books and articles included the centennial history of the college, "Conceived in Crisis: A History of La Salle College, 1863-1965." He left the Christian Brothers and was ordained as a priest circa 1976.
Obituary: "1928-2018 Reverend Thomas J. Donaghy, PhD, age 89, passed away Thursday, January 4, 2018. Born in Sharon Hill, PA, he was the son of the late Harry J. and Anna Houston Donaghy. Reverend Donaghy joined the Christian Brothers in 1946 and taught at LaSalle College for many years. He was ordained with the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 1979. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his siblings, James (Justine), Harry J. (Catherine), and Mary Breeze (Bill). He is survived by many nieces and nephews and their spouses, and many great and grand nieces and nephews. He is also survived by many former students, dear friends, and supporters. Relatives and friends are invited to the Funeral Mass 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 2130 Franklin Avenue, Morton, There will be visitation in church from 10-11:00 a.m. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a charitable donation may be made to the Donaghy Fund, LaSalle University, 1900 W. Olney Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19141. The guestbook may be signed online at www.marvilfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Marvil Funeral Home, Ltd. Published in The Daily Times on Jan. 7, 2018"
Donaghy, Thomas Ph.D. and Robinson, Craig, "Interview of Thomas Donaghy, Ph.D." (2007). All Oral Histories. 21.
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