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Philip C. Donahue

AGE: 88 • Tinton Falls

Philip Charles Donahue, 88, of Tinton Falls, passed away on Wednesday June 28. He died at home, surrounded by love and family in his final days.

Phil was a Philadelphia native and a graduate of Temple University (BS Science and Education, 1954) and the University of Pennsylvania (MA History, 1960). He taught high school in Bucks County for 5 years before joining the faculty of Monmouth University in 1960. He taught history at Monmouth for 42 years, serving several years as president of its Faculty Association. He loved teaching and was well known for his provocative lectures and progressive political views.


Phil also loved classical music and opera, traveling (Europe, Cuba, Haiti), reading, history, politics, classic movies, good wine, and baseball (he was a diehard Phillies fan). He wanted Bernie Sanders to win.


Phil was the only child of Harry Donahue and Marie (Wood) Donahue. He married Peggy Crouse in 1952, and they had two children, Philip Jr and Marie. After divorcing, he married Doris Vida (Fox) Weber in 1972 and became stepfather to her two children, Tay and Kristin. He was married to Doris for 43 years until her death in 2015.

Phil is also predeceased by his mother, Marie (1957); his father, Harry (1990); and his first wife, Peggy (2000). Surviving are his children, Philip C. & Jeanne Donahue of Neptune City, NJ; Marie & Mark Rosenthal of Monroe, NJ; Tay Weber & Chrissie Spraggins of Las Vegas, NV; and Kris Weber & Dan Foster of Seattle, WA; his grandchildren, Robert Phillips Jr, Megan Phillips, Victoria Donahue, Kathleen Donahue, and Jacklyn Donahue; and his great-grandchildren, Logan Winter and Skylar Phillips.

Services will be held in the atrium of Seabrook Village in Tinton Falls on Sat July 29, from 1 to 4PM. In lieu of flowers, please commit an act of kindness in Phil's memory. To leave an online condolence, please visit his memorial website at
Published in Asbury Park Press on July 5, 2017
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