7651 S. Jeffery Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60649


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Mr. Charles E. Donegan

Born Into Time: April 10, 1933
Born Into Eternity: January 24, 2018

Attorney Charles E Donegan died peacefully on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 in Chicago, IL at the age of 84.

Charles Donegan was born on April 10, 1933 in Chicago, IL to the union of the late Arthur C. Donegan and Odessa Arnold Donegan. He graduated from Englewood High School with a college prep diploma in 1950 and went on to higher education graduating from Wilson City Junior College, 1952, Roosevelt University, 1954, Loyola University, 1959, J.D. from Howard University Law School, 1967, and the L.L.M. from Columbia University Law School, 1970. He married Patty L. Harris, his rock and sweetheart on June 15th, 1963. While moving full circle from the East Coast to Midwest, Mid-South and then back East, Charles worked as an educator and professor at SUNY at Buffalo, Howard University, Southern University, North Carolina Central, Louisiana State University, and Ohio State University. Through the years, the couple welcomed their only child, Carter, into their loving home. Both parents were educators and they taught Carter to value education and prepared him for the adversities of life as well as his legal profession. His son and grandsons who affectionately called him ‘G Pa’ remember him as a fighter for civil rights and a driven, dedicated father and grandfather who encouraged them to pursue their life goals with fidelity.

Charles was an accomplished educator and attorney who exceeded expectations as a result of support from a loving family yet humble beginnings. Charles was a man to be honored and respected. He was a “storyteller” and loved an audience, debates, and scholarship. He was passionate about changing the world through education and remained active in recognized organizations. Charles was a dedicated member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, National Bar Association, American Arbitration Association, NAACP, Urban League, Phi Alpha Delta and Phi Alpha Kappa and often volunteered his time as moot court judge. Charles remained an advocate for civil rights. A few of his most precious accomplishments included his publications, raising the bar passage rate at law schools where he taught and he was recognized in Who’s Who in World, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in American Law.

Charles leaves to cherish his life a loving and devoted wife, Patty L. Harris of Chicago; one son, Carter (Yolanda) of New Jersey; brother, Leon of Chicago; Grandsons Marquis Carter and Marcus Edward, Brandon De’Andre and Dominique Hakim (predeceased); one great-grandson Dominique Hakim, Jr.; and a close cousin affectionately known as the baby brother Paul Arnold; along with a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

The family would like to thank the special nurse staff at Journey Care. We appreciate the care given by Howard University Hospital, Georgetown University Hospital, Rush Hospital, University of Chicago and Villa at Windsor Park.

A special thank you to his Chicago family, Cage Memorial Chapel and Burr Oak Cemetery.

Public Viewing:

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
12:00PM - 5:00PM
Cage Memorial Chapel
7651 S Jeffery Blvd
Chicago, IL 60649

Service Information:

Thursday, February 01, 2018
Visitation / Family Hour:
10:00 AM
Service Time:
11:00 AM
Cage Memorial Chapel
7651 S. Jeffery Blvd
Chicago, IL 60649


Burr Oak Cemetery
4400 W. 127th Street
Alsip, IL 60803


#5 Arthur Donegan 2018-02-13 19:06
To the family,know that his legacy is not in vain, being the grandson of Evelyn Donegan, I myself am currently enrolled in Depaul university, majoring in law. Rip cuz.
#4 Joyce Norman 2018-02-01 10:01
May the warm memories of your loved one remain with you and give you comfort. My thoughts are with you, Leon, and the entire family. I'll continue to lift you up.
#3 Danielle Grey 2018-01-31 22:09
Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with Patty and the Donegan Family. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

Alpha Wives Inc. of Washington, DC
#2 raymond donegan 2018-01-31 16:58
Charles was a role model to me. He was the oldest Donegan cousin. My mother Evelyn and His father (Uncle Clarence) are brother and sister. Charles set the example and we followed. I earned two masters degrees and had a successful career in the military and in human resources. I never thought about attending college until I learned that Charles was pursuing higher education. Thank you for giving a young man from the south side of Chicago, the courage to seek higher education.God bless.
#1 raymond donegan 2018-01-31 09:01
God bless you and your son. Rest in peace.
Your cousin Raymond.

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