Timothy Robert


Professor of Physics and co-Director of the Van de
Walk of life:
Professor Donoghue was an internationally recognized researcher in nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics investigating fundamental nuclear interactions. One principal focus of his 32 year career in research was investigating esoteric nuclear phenomena especially sensitive to the complex orientation of the spinning protons and neutrons inside the nucleus, work for which he achieved international recognition. In nuclear astrophysics, his research focused on investigating stellar production rates for the nucleosynthesis of elements in reactions of vital importance in powering our sun and the stars. His research involved extensive research collaborations with many distinguished scientists throughout the world, and he held a number of visiting faculty and senior scientist appointments at such leading institutions as the California Institute of Technology, Universitat Muenster (Germany), and Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. In his career, he advised 24 doctoral and post-doctoral students, a role he treasured among his most significant professional accomplishments.
Biographical details:

Timothy Robert Donoghue, 68, of Dublin, OH, died on September 26, 2004, after a long bout with leukemia. He was born in Milton (MA) to Timothy and Mary Lauretta (Laura) Donoghue, and is survived by Nancy, his precious wife of 40 years; daughter, Maura Kathleen of Seattle and son, Timothy (Kathryn) of Columbus; and granddaughter, Isabella Ona. He is also survived by four siblings, Mary Manley (William) Chatham, MA, Barbara MacKinnon, Westwood, MA, Marguerite Gilfoil (George), S. Portland, ME and Laurence Donoghue (Karen), San Antonio, TX.

He graduated from Boston Latin School, Boston College (BS 1957) and the University of Notre Dame (Ph.D Physics 1963). In 1963, he joined the Physics Faculty at The Ohio State University, and served as both Professor of Physics and co-Director of the Van de Graaff Accelerator Laboratory until his retirement in 1988.

Professor Donoghue also served as the Associate Dean for Research in the Graduate School at Ohio State for a three year period, where he initiated the development of major new interdisciplinary research programs and core research instrumentation facilities that significantly enhanced the research capabilities across the university.

After his retirement from OSU, he was appointed the first Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at Kansas State University, a position he held until his retirement in 1998. He was highly recognized for his dynamic leadership in creating numerous interdisciplinary research initiatives campus-wide. Professor Donoghue was elected to membership in numerous national and international organizations in physics and science, and further recognized for excellence by induction into the Academies of Science in Ohio, New York and Kansas.

After his retirement, he returned to Ohio where he enjoyed traveling with his wife and spending time with friends, family and his beloved granddaughter Bella.

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