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Art Donovan

Art DonovanAKA Arthur James Donovan, Jr.

Born: 5-Jun-1925
Birthplace: Bronx, NY
Died: 4-Aug-2013
Location of death: Baltimore, MD [1]
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, Timonium, MD

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Football

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Baltimore Colts defensive tackle

Military service: USMC (WWII, 1943-45, Pacific Theater)

Son of a famed boxing referee who supervised many of Joe Louis's matches, Donovan served as an aircraft gunner on the USS San Jacinto during WWII, seeing action in the Pacific Theater. After the war he completed his schooling at Boston College. Joining pro football as a defensive tackle in 1950, Donovan played in five Pro Bowls (1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, and 1957) and also the world championship for two years (1958 and 1959). His Baltimore Colts jersey #70 was retired by the team in 1962 and he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1968. Donovan was also the owner of the Valley Country Club in Baltimore.

[1] Stella Maris Hospice, Baltimore, MD.

Father: Arthur Donovan, Sr. (boxing referee)
Sister: Joan Elizabeth Donovan
Wife: Dorothy Schaech (until his death, one son, four daughters)
Son: Arthur III
Daughter: Christine Donovan
Daughter: Debbie Donovan Smith
Daughter: Kelly Donovan-Mazzulli
Daughter: Mary Donovan O'Hern

    High School: Mount St. Michael's High School, Bronx, NY
University of Notre Dame (one year, 1942-43)
    University: BA, Boston College (1950)

    Reagan-Bush '84 Member, Reagan-Bush All-Stars
    Pro Football Hall of Fame 1968

    Baltimore Colts 1950
    New York Yanks 1951
    Dallas Texans 1952
    Baltimore Colts 1953-61

Author of books:
Fatso (1987, memoir)

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