THOMAS JOHN DONOVAN
December 14, 1917 ~ October 10, 2017
Thomas John Donovan, a retired humanities educator, died Tuesday, October 10, 2017, in his native Vancouver, WA. He was born on December 14, 1917, to Joseph John Donovan and Louise Padden. Tom is a descendant of the Padden Family who helped establish St. James Catholic Church in Vancouver. His maternal grandparents, Thomas W. Padden and Sarah Catherine O'Byrne, were married at St. James in 1873, his own parents were married there in 1906, and his daughter Marcella in 1984.
After graduating from St. Edward's College in Seattle, Tom served in the Army with the 13th Armored Division, deploying to the Rhineland and Central Europe. He "was assigned to division trains as a medical soldier, running the dispensary, in Trier - or Augusta Trevorum, as the Romans called it, or Treves, as the French said, "he told the University of Portland Magazine in 2002. "From there we moved down along the Rhine-Danube frontier of the Roman Empire, ending up in Central Europe, where once the Romans had stationed their own 13th Legion."
After his military service, Tom attended the University of Southern California, graduating with a Master's degree in Philosophy. He continued his philosophy studies at the University of Chicago as a University Fellow from 1950 to 1952, where Tom met and married fellow student Helen Frances Murphy in 1953. Shortly after their son Joseph was born, Tom returned to Vancouver with his new family, where they took up residence at the home his father built in 1932 on West 29th Street.
Tom shared his love of Latin and all things classical throughout a 49-year teaching career. He taught Latin and social studies at Providence Academy High School in Vancouver, WA, from 1957 to 1960. After two years with the Washington State Child Welfare Service, he returned to the classroom, teaching - Latin, English, and social studies at Hudson's Bay High School from 1962 until 1983. Then, from 1983 to 1991, Tom taught in the Vancouver School District's special services program. In 1991, Tom joined the faculty of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Portland, Portland, OR, where he taught Greek and Latin until his retirement in 2006 at the age of 88.
Tom is survived by his children, Joseph Donovan, Teresa Cotter, Marcella Hadeed, and Elizabeth Donovan; his sons-in-law, Michael Hadeed and Daniel Cotter; and his grandchildren, John Hadeed, Michael and Kim Hadeed, Teresa Hadeed, Joan Hadeed, Catherine Hadeed, and Thomas Hadeed.
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017: Viewing will be held at Hamilton Mylan Funeral Home from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ~ Rosary at St. James at 11:35 a.m. ~ Funeral Mass at St. James at 12:10 p.m. ~ Burial immediately following at Mother Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
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Published by The Columbian on Oct. 15, 2017.