An advocate of education
Edward Donley, retired CEO of Air Products and friend and supporter of Northampton Community College, died on April 1, 2017.
At Northampton Community College, Ed and his late wife Inez, along with Marcia and Harold Wagner, provided funding for renovations to the fifth floor of the Fowler Family Southside Center, which houses classrooms, dance studios, offices and a kitchen for culinary demonstrations. The Donleys were inducted into NCC's Legacy Society in 2008.
Together they proved to be inspirational leaders of projects benefitting countless people. The Fowler Center meshed perfectly with the couple's longstanding dedication to education and young people. In the center, they saw the potential for greater higher educational access for Southside residents and programming for the Southside
The Donley Foundation, a trust now run by the Donleys' children and grandchildren, has granted millions of dollars to literacy and early-childhood education groups.
Read more about the life of this remarkable man in The Morning Call article by Scott Kraus.