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Ridgewood Native Basketball Hall of Famer Anne Donovan Dies at Age 56

June 14,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood native Anne Donovan, the Basketball Hall of Famer who won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals in the 1980s and coached the U.S. to gold in 2008, died Wednesday of heart failure at the age of 56.

Donovan grew up in Ridgewood , played at Paramus Catholic where she became Bergen County’s all-time leading Basketball scorer.

Donovan’s family confirmed the death in a statement :

“While it is extremely difficult to express how devastating it is to lose Anne, our family remains so very grateful to have been blessed with such a wonderful human being,” the statement said. “Anne touched many lives as a daughter, sister, aunt, friend and coach. Anne was a person with strong faith, courageous spirit, a giving heart and love for everyone,” her family’s statement continued. “We are so proud of her accomplishments as a women’s’ basketball player and coach, but even more proud of her character, integrity, humility and kindness.”

3 thoughts on “Ridgewood Native Basketball Hall of Famer Anne Donovan Dies at Age 56

  1. This is huge loss to the Village and Our Lady of Mount Camel parish. Any details regarding public wake/funeral?

  2. I graduated from PC with her back in ’79…very humble. She had quite a career.

  3. Died way too young.

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