Father Jenkins to lead Notre Dame delegation to funeral for Marilyn Keough

by Dennis Brown

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Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, will lead a University delegation next week to Atlanta for the viewing and funeral of longtime Notre Dame friend and benefactor Marilyn Keough, who died Thursday (Oct. 6) at age 90.

“On behalf of the Notre Dame community around the world, I extend our deepest condolences to the Keough family, who Mickie shared so generously, along with her love and wisdom, with Our Lady’s University,” Father Jenkins said.

Among those from the University who will join Father Jenkins are John J. Brennan, chair of the Board of Trustees, and Thomas G. Burish, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost.

Mickie Keough and her late husband, Don, were among the most generous benefactors in Notre Dame’s history. Their names can be found throughout the campus in recognition of their leadership and generosity, including Marilyn Keough Hall, a men’s residence on the West Quad, and the Marilyn Keough Deanship of the Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs.

Other gifts by the Keoughs supported the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies; two endowed chairs in Irish studies; a summer internship program for Notre Dame students in Ireland; Malloy Hall, which houses the Departments of Theology and Philosophy; three library collections; the restoration of O’Connell House in Dublin; the Keough-Hesburgh Professorships for leading scholars who demonstrate a commitment to Notre Dame’s Catholic mission; and Jenkins Hall, which will house the Keough School when construction is completed next year.

Mickie Keough was awarded an honorary degree by Notre Dame in 1989. Her husband was similarly honored in 1985 and also was the recipient of the University’s highest honor, the Laetare Medal, in 1993. Don Keough served as chair of the Board of Trustees from 1986 to 1991 and was a Trustee from 1978 until his passing in February 2015.

Their children – Shayla Keough Rumely, Michael, Patrick and Clarke Keough, and Eileen Keough Millard – are Notre Dame graduates. Shayla is a member of the University’s Board of Trustees, and Michael, Patrick, Clarke and Eileen serve on Notre Dame advisory councils.

The viewing is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. EDT Wednesday (Oct. 12). The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 13) at the Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta.