2020 Gala Honorees: Marianne and Kevin O'Donohgue

  • Marianne Nelson from St. Edmund Parish met John Kevin O’Donoghue in medical school at Georgetown University Medical School. They were instantly in love based on faith, respect and friendship. They married sophomore year, had their first child in junior year, then the second child in residency and the third and fourth early in practice.

    When they looked for a house after 9 years of apartment living, they only looked at St. Luke Parish because of the school and the clergy. All four of their children, May Kate, Maureen, Michael and Christopher graduated from St. Luke School. The girls went to Trinity High School and the boys went to Fenwick High School.

    Mary Kate went to Boston College, received a masters in English from Georgetown and is teaching Advanced Placement English at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in South Florida. Maureen went to Fordham University and then Loyola Law School. She is now a Cook County Judge. Michael went to Fordham University and then Rush Medical School. He is a very successful dermatologic in LaGrange and in Michigan City, Indiana. Christopher went to Holy Cross in Massachusetts and now is a Pacemaker Representative covering a large part of Southern Wisconsin. All four learned their work ethic from St. Luke.

    Kevin, a Cardiologist (Heart Specialist), put in the Cardiac Cath Lab at West Suburban and worked 7 days a week, all while taking night and weekend calls. Four years ago he retired from practicing invasive cardiology. He saved many lives in Oak Park and River Forest.

    Marianne graduated from Trinity College, Georgetown Medical School, is a leader dermatologic at Rush University after retiring in September from private practice. She has served on St. Luke’s school board, Trinity High School’s school board and has practiced as a Cantor, Lector, Eucharist Minister and a Catechist. She still teaches dermatology at Rush Hospital.

    The family credits their faith, success and community fellowship with the friends and support of St. Luke Parish and School.

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