Richard Donley interview
Richard Donley was born in the Cleveland suburbs, growing up in Garfield Heights and Lakeline, Ohio. Donley enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1953, where he served in Korea. After his discharge, Donley earned his Bachelors and Masters of Arts in History from Humboldt State University in California. During this time, he met his wife Mariann, who went on to teach at Robert Reid Laboratory School for many years. Donley entered the PhD program in History at the University of Illinois focusing on 19th century American history. Donley began his career at Eastern Washington State College (now Eastern Washington University) in 1967, where he taught for 30 years. While at Eastern, he served as Department of History chair twice and participated in the creation of the Department of History Award Day, Eastern Regional of the Washington State History Day, and the formation of Eastern’s first Black history class. Donley retired in 1997, when he was awarded Emeritus staus.
Donley, Richard W. and Jewell, James R., "Richard Donley interview" (2020). Eastern Washington University Oral Histories. 1.
Eastern Washington University Archives and Special Collections, EWU Oral Histories (EWU-019-0743)