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Rosemary E. Donohue

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Rosemary E. Donohue, age 97, long time Montecito, California resident, legendary fashion merchandising figure and philanthropist has died at her home of natural causes. Miss Donohue, the daughter of socially prominent New York physician, Daniel Joseph Donohue, M.D. and his wife, Julia Walter, was born and educated at Catholic schools in New York. The family lived in Jersey City, New Jersey and Mount Kisco, New York. Miss Donohue's youngest brother, Eugene Francis Donohue, DPM, a marine veteran, was a prominent podiatrist for 33 years in Decatur Illinois prior to his death in 2008. Miss Donohue's younger brother, Sir Daniel J. Donohue, Gentleman In Waiting to the Holy Father and Co-Founder of the Dan Murphy Foundation died in 2014. After completing her formal education, Miss Donohue started her remarkable career in fashion merchandising with leading New York City retailers including Lord & Taylor, where she established herself as a visionary of fashion trends. After relocating to the West Coast, Miss Donohue provided custom fashion design services to leading Southern California social figures. Her unique and instantly recognizable haute couture designs, known for exquisite fabrics, trim and decoration were admired and copied by many. For many years, Miss Donohue worked with her brother as a Trustee -Director of the Dan Murphy Foundation, a leading international philanthropy for Catholic causes. At the time of her death, Miss Donohue was a Trustee Emeritus of Thomas Aquinas College, Ojai California. Miss Donohue was a Dame of The Pontifical Equestrian Order of Saint Gregory The Great. Miss Donohue was a long - time supporter of Music Academy of the West. Miss Donohue was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Montecito, California. Miss Donohue is survived by her nieces, Rosemary Donohue of Roseville, California and Julia Donohue Schwartz (Donald Schwartz, M.D.) of Eagle Point, Oregon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday November 23, 2015 at The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels at 9:30 AM. Interment will be in The Mausoleum at The Cathedral. The Family will receive visitors starting at 8:30 AM. In memory of Miss Donohue donations can be made to The Cloistered Carmelite Monks at Cody, Wyoming, The Cathedral of Our Lady of The Angels Los Angeles California, or Thomas Aquinas College, Ojai, California. Arrangements by Cabot & Sons, Pasadena, CA.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 15, 2015
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