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Ken McDonough ’72

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Ken McDonough

Eyewitness to History, McDonough Logs Multifaceted Career

Ken McDonough ’72 has come a long way from his days as a bench-warmer with the RCC basketball team who reluctantly dashed his hoops dreams in favor of boosting his grades. His AAS honors degree in Business Management was a starting point for an eclectic career that has taken him from Wall Street to the Pentagon, accompanied by ventures into health care, law, the military and government service.

McDonough worked for a few years on Wall Street after completing his bachelor’s in Public Administration at Michigan State University, but shifted to a military health-care career when he accepted a Navy fellowship to attend George Washington University, where he obtained a master’s in Health Care Administration. He served a three-year stint at Great Lakes Naval Hospital in Illinois and went on to earn a master’s in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin and a JD degree from Loyola University of Chicago Law School.

McDonough was serving in an Air Force management position at the Pentagon when it was struck during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and participated in the recovery of bodies. He also was at Fort Hood, Texas on November 5, 2009, working in federal civil service when Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan fatally shot 13 people and injured more than 30 others.

Retired after 25 years of military service and another 10 years with the federal government, McDonough resides with his wife near San Antonio, Texas, tending to his classic cars, performing martial arts, and taking a welding class for veterans offered through a local community college grant.

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