In October 2007, the Department of History at Western Michigan University hosted William Donohoe (B.A., History, 1959) and his wife Margaret Donohoe. Faculty and students were fascinated as Donohoe showed images of some of his urban renewal projects created during his successful career in planning and development in New York City. He also described how the study of history led him first to the Peace Corps, and later to his current profession. He also gave valuable advice to our public history students and faculty after hearing their presentation on their project, “Working Waterfronts” dealing with the changing harbors of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, Michigan.
In recognition of his lifetime accomplishments, Donohoe received a College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Achievement Award.