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Brendan Peter O’Donnell

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With great sorrow, the family of Brendan Peter O’Donnell announces his death March 17, 2022. He was born in Malden on June 10, 1929, to Neil and Annie O’Donnell, the fifth of six children; all are deceased.

He married Betty Rhodes in September 1959. She and their three children survive, Brendan Rhodes O’Donnell, MD, (spouse Deanna), Tacoma, WA., Adrienne Gibson (spouse Jeffrey), Seattle, WA., Megan Clark (spouse Robert), Harding, NJ. There are five cherished grandchildren: Catherine Jenks Clark, Peter Shepardson Clark, Graham Richardson Clark, Luke Patrick Gibson and Paul Jeffrey Gibson. Additionally, twelve nieces and seven nephews survive.
He was educated at St. John the Evangelist High School, N. Cambridge, MA., 1946, Boston College, AB 1950, and Harvard Business School, MBA 1954.
His military service was with the United States Marine Corps from which he retired as a major in the Reserve – 1950, 1st special basic class, Quantico, VA.; 1951, platoon leader, 7th Marine regiment, 1st Marine division; Korea, assistant custody officer; USNRC, Portsmouth, NH.; combat awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star, Letter of Commendation, Unit Citations Presidential, U.S. Navy, and Korean Presidential.
Mr. O’Donnell’s business career was with Harris Corporation; later with Harris Graphics Corp. where he became executive of A.M. International: Web Press USA Division. He was director of the Canadian operation in Toronto, from 1967 to 1971. From 1981 to 2000, he was director and executive committee chairman and lead director of the Washington Trust Co., Westerly, RI.
He was a founder of Stonington Country Club, vice-president and treasurer, a member of the Thames Club in New London, and Mason’s Island Yacht Club. In addition, he was a member of Harvard Clubs of New York City and Boston. He was a trustee/director of Westerly Hospital, Mystic Community Center, Community Foundation of Southeastern Connecticut, and the Printing Industry Honorary Societies: NAPL, PIA, GATF. He was president of Mason’s Island Property Owners’ Association, and Fire District.
His burial will take place at a future date in Arlington National Cemetery.

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