On August 10, 2013 DONAL O'CONNELL of Chevy Chase, MD. Beloved husband of 35 years to Katherine Sierra; devoted father of Christine O'Connell and Brian O'Connell; brother of Thomas O'Connell and the late Denis O'Connell. Also survived by nieces, Helen O'Connell, Emer O'Connell, Barbara O'Connell, Joan O'Connell and Mara Goby and nephew David O'Connell.
Donal earned a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University
and a Bachelors of Architecture Degree from University College in Dublin. He was born in Ireland in 1949 and moved to the United States in 1976. Donal enjoyed a 32 year career in commercial real estate finance serving as a Managing Director of Columbia National Real Estate Finance from 1992 to 2008. After his retirement he turned his energies toward contributing to local community affairs. He was President of the Sumner Citizens Association; was a member of the Development Advisory Committee of WAMU Radio and served on the Board of CLASP, which promotes energy efficiency standards. He also served as board member and Treasurer of the Little Falls Watershed Alliance.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Church of the Little Flower, 5607 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda, MD on Friday, August 16, at 12 noon. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to WAMU 88.5, care of Wendy Ponvert, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016 or Little Falls Watershed Alliance, care of Sarah Morse, 4920 Dorset Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815.