It’s special when someone receives an award which is named for a person they knew.
Such is the case for Chicago attorney and banking executive, Jim Hannon, who received the 2014 Divine Word College Donaghey Award for Outstanding Service during a special Mass on Sunday, Sept. 28.
The award is named for the late Father John Donaghey, SVD, who dedicated much of his life to the college as educator, administrator and member of the board of trustees. Hannon, a student at the college in its early years and later a member of the board, knew him well.
“He was a big Boston Red Sox fan and I was a big White Sox fan, so we used to talk a lot of baseball,” Hannon said of Donaghey. ”It adds a little extra pop to the award. I am really quite honored. I actually knew the man and he was a friend.”
The award was established in 1999 to honor those who—like Donaghey—have shown a long-term commitment to DWC. Hannon easily met the requirement after serving 18-consecutive years on the DWC Board of Trustees, most of which as chairman of the Development Committee. Terry and Paula Friedman of Dubuque, who both served on the board, nominated Hannon for the honor.
“His knowledge of finance and fundraising were an asset to the board and the committee,” they wrote. “Jim and his wife Gail have shared their financial resources with the college as well. An art gallery at DWC is named after their families.”
Born in Chicago, Hannon enrolled at DWC in 1966. After three semesters, deciding he favored business classes to philosophy, he enrolled at DePaul University in Chicago. He graduated with a degree in accounting in 1970, and a law degree in 1973. He went on to a successful career in law and banking. Jim and Gail raised two sons, Brian and Michael. They have two granddaughters, Emily and Julia.