Online Magazine [& more] for
St. Ignatius College Preparatory, San Francisco
Bookmark and Share



William McDonnell ’42, former chair of SI's Board of Regents, dies at 92

William McDonnell ’42, chair of SI’s Board of Regents for 11 years — from 1980 through 1991 — died May 20 after a long illness. He was 92.

Born to Irish immigrants, Bill was educated within the city limits from grade school to SI through college, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from USF.

His history of service began in the U.S. Navy Air Corps during World War II and extended into a successful business career in the restaurant industry that started in the 1950s. Along with the late State Senator J. Eugene McAteer, Bill ran Tarantino’s Restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf and later expanded operations in 1960, building the Spinnaker Restaurant in Sausalito. Bill’s son Tim joined the business in 1976, and they operated both restaurants together for more than 40 years.

Mr. McDonnell’s civic service began in the 1960s, when he became the foreman of the San Francisco Grand Jury. During the tenure of the late Mayor Joseph Alioto, he served as president of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and as the first president of the San Francisco Airport Commission. He was honored for his service with the naming of McDonnell Road at San Francisco Airport. In 1977, he was selected as a Civilian Aide to the U.S. Secretary of the Army, a post he held until 1983.

He was also deeply engaged in the business and not-for-profit community, serving in leadership roles with the San Francisco Visitors and Conventions Bureau, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Hanna Boys Center, Blue Shield of California, Seton Medical Center and the San Francisco Heart Institute. He was a member of the Olympic Club for 55 years, where he cherished his regular golf outings with his friends Don Gordon ’43, Vince Pelfini, Charlie Andrews and John LoSchiavo, S.J. ’42.

Mr. McDonnell joined SI’s Board of Regents in 1973, chaired then by the Hon. Eugene Lynch ’49. When Fr. Sauer asked Mr. McDonnell to serve as chairman, he and regent Hugh O’Donnell tried to assess the school’s financial situation — not an easy task given the accounting practices at the time.

As chair of SI’s Board of Regents starting in 1980, he proved instrumental to the success of the school’s Genesis II campaign, which sought to increase SI’s endowment after SI paid off construction costs on the Sunset District campus. His efforts helped the fund grow from $1.1 million to $4.5 million by 1985, with the proceeds providing much needed money for scholarships, facilities maintenance and faculty salaries.

Mr. McDonnell encouraged the business office to adopt modern accounting procedures, and Michael Silvestri ’67 was made business manager in 1985.

He then worked with Fr. Sauer to bring people to the board who had a variety of talents that could serve the school over the years including Bill McInerney, a talented lawyer; Paul Hazen, president of Wells Fargo Bank; and Martin D. “Pete” Murphy, senior partner of Tobin & Tobin, who would succeed McDonnell as chairman. (Mr. Murphy predeceased Mr. McDonnell, as he passed away Feb. 8 this year.)

He was also instrumental in the school’s decision to open its doors to both men and women. To honor his service to the school, San Francisco and the community, Bill received the Christ the King Award in 1990, the highest award the school can bestow upon an alumnus.

Mr. McDonnell is survived by his wife, Theresa; by his sons William ’69, Timothy ’71 and Thomas ’84; by his daughters Suzanne, Debbie, Ginny and Beth; and by many grandchildren. 

Posted by Mr. Paul J. Totah on Tuesday June, 27


The financial plan of not-revenue driven business substance is a duty exclusion; in this way, Do My Assignment For Me, it is the best technique keeping these exercises independently for assess exception reason and record reason.
from Ellie Malan on 06/30/17 at 04:37AM

It is good to read blogs like this. As constantly, we appreciate yourself assurance and accept as true within us. Quality of the content is the main element of the blog and this is the way of writing.

mba assignment help

from katherine merry on 07/08/17 at 12:21AM
Lakers fans cheering for rivals? help with assignment writing Kobe joined Joel McDonnell's show as of late AM570 KLAC. He asked Kobe what he'd do if the STAPLES Center group was cheering for the rival like different groups fans have for him. Kobe reacted: That would me my blood bubble... I'd drop 80 on them'.
from sharlyn william on 07/10/17 at 05:21AM
he budgetary arrangement of not-income driven business substance is an obligation prohibition; thusly, Assignment Help, it is the best strategy keeping these activities autonomously for survey special case reason and record reason.
from Andrew strauss on 07/13/17 at 10:41PM
It’s painful to know about the death of William McDonnell. Hope that our Lord brings to your family the much-needed peace during this sad time. My most sincere condolences and May his soul rest in peace. Update more details about the funeral ceremony. Manufactured Home
from manuel abraham on 07/25/17 at 02:33AM
This blog site has really a huge collection of articles with impressive information.  desert safari in dubai
from Louis J. Leblance on 08/01/17 at 02:18AM
Excellently written article, if only all bloggers offered the same level of content as you, the internet would be a much better place. Really great post, Thank you for sharing this knowledge.
from Louis J. Leblance on 08/06/17 at 10:46PM
i am totally agreed with this article and i just want say that this article is very nice and very informative article.I will make sure to be reading your blog more. You made a good point but I can't help but wonder, what about the other side?
from Louis J. Leblance on 08/06/17 at 11:04PM
A long lasting San Franciscan who committed his life to the service of others, William (Bill) E. McDonnell passed away calmly at his Assignment Service home in San Francisco on May 20, 2017. He was most importantly a family man, a loving husband to his better half of 68 years.
from Rollins Jack on 08/09/17 at 11:51PM
from stephen son on 08/24/17 at 10:38AM
Breaking out robux is a lot more less complicated with our free robux The best part is that you don't have to download and install anything to obtain your gift card.
from rahu dev on 08/27/17 at 05:39AM

Many thanks for sharing this very informative post.  Have a super nice day!! 

cost accounting assignment help, GoAssignmentHelp

from kingston germann on 09/06/17 at 11:42PM
Many thanks for this amazing post! Many points have extremely useful. Hopefully you’ll  proceed sharing your knowledge around like Academic Writing Services

from Christopher Hardy on 09/26/17 at 04:30AM
Thanks for your great article, i get new information, new ideas to do somethings, i hope you will share again, i keep waiting for next post, thanks.  Crazy Bulk >>> Legal Steroids
from alia bose on 10/02/17 at 06:01AM

Thanks for the information your article brings. I see the novelty of your writing, I will share it for everyone to read together. I look forward to reading many articles from you.


from wings io on 10/04/17 at 08:33PM

like this post so much and I will share this post to Call Girls in munirka my all friends because all the details are in this post is brilliant.


from alisha negi on 10/05/17 at 01:27AM
great post thanks for sharing --> roblox robux generator
from emerson john on 10/13/17 at 11:47PM

Thank you for your information that you've shared. It's really helpful for me. 

Lily Oliver | instagram video downloader

from Lily Oliver on 10/18/17 at 11:08AM
All the details are in this post is awesome and very interesting and i am glad to see this post. Sexy Delhi Escorts Service
from alisha jonwal on 11/06/17 at 01:55AM
wow good information provide i like this thanx free gift code generator
from Maitri Shah on 11/14/17 at 12:51AM

A radiant article, the astonishing online journal cover all that data which I require continue sharing this blog it is extremely useful for me. I am happy to visit your site.

escorts in mohali

from ritika jasiwal on 11/18/17 at 12:41PM

I really enjoy simply reading all of your weblogs. Simply wanted to inform you that you have people like me who appreciate your work. Definitely a great post. Hats off to you! The information that you have provided is very helpful.if you want some fun so please visit our Site.

Hot Service Escorts Saket

from SNEHA GUPTA on 11/19/17 at 10:08PM
This is the information I am looking for. This article is clear and easy to understand. I'm learning more about this. Hope you bring more things related to it. Thanks a lot! street view
from lynn libbrecht on 11/20/17 at 12:43AM
I clicked to your website and it’s quite interesting. I see many things that I  haven’t known before.  Many thanks for your website. 

Hotmail Sign In

from lynn libbrecht on 11/20/17 at 01:17AM
It's amazing, I'm glad I read it. Super news.
from Adam Wall on 11/21/17 at 03:14AM

Your website was very nice and interesting, I've seen your post and it was very informative and very helpful to me. Thanks for all the articles that you serve. I must recommend your website to friends. Good Luck

Sexy Delhi Escorts Service

from SNEHA GUPTA on 11/23/17 at 02:41AM

Choose groups to clone to:

St. Ignatius College Preparatory
Privacy Policy 

2001 37th Avenue
San Francisco, CA  94116
(415) 731-7500
Contact Us

email page print page small type large type
powered by finalsite