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Body of Former TCNJ Assistant Provost Found Near George Washington Bridge Saturday Night


The body of former College of New Jersey Assistant Provost Pat Donohue was found Saturday night north of the George Washington Bridge and was positively identified by family members at the office of the Medical examiner in New York yesterday, law enforcement representatives said.

Donohue, 50, jumped from the south walkway of the bridge on July 7.

He had recently left the College of New Jersey, where he had been the assistant provost overseeing the school’s community service efforts and running the Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, the Sustainability Institute, the Institute for Prison Teaching and Outreach.

Donohue also oversaw the Bonner VISTA Fellows program, the National and State AmeriCorps programs, the TrentonWorks Initiative, and the Trenton Prevention Policy Board initiative.

He had been planning to start his own community service program for young people. Friends said he was downtrodden about leaving his job.

An activist who was committed to helping transform Trenton, he moved to Mill Hill with his wife and two children from Bordentown a year ago.

Donohue received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Rutgers University, where he was the student Vice-Chair of the U.S. Public Interest Research group while an undergraduate. Before joining the staff at TCNJ, he was a political science professor at Middlesex County College for 11 years. He co-authored several journal articles and one book on community engaged learning and civic engagement. A past board president of Isles Inc. and volunteer with local youth programs, Donohue worked with TCNJ Bonner students on a prisoner magazine project.

He was recognized for his service to the community by basketball player Greg Grant in May. He was the main honoree at Grant’s Academic Sports Academy 10th anniversary gala for his commitment to youth development in Trenton. He partnered with Grant to use sports as a vehicle to connect with city kids and then enroll them in educational and enrichment activities. The partnership expanded dramatically over the years, and TCNJ Bonner Scholars currently help run an after-school program for 120 youth at the Academic Sports Academy’s Hedgepeth-Williams site with Grant.

Funeral arrangements for Donahue have not been finalized yet.

Written by
Krystal Knapp

Krystal has been a journalist in the Trenton area since 1999. A graduate of Smith College and Princeton Theological Seminary, she is from Detroit. She likes baseball, cats, jazz, ukulele, typewriters, chai, and good coffee. Follow her @planettrenton.

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Written by Krystal Knapp