The Pittsburgh Foundation

Peggy and Gretchen Donaldson Fund

Established: 1/16/2007

Sisters Peggy and Gretchen Donaldson were close their entire lives and lived together in Oakland. The fund in both their names was established upon Gretchen's death on January 4, 2007, at the age of 75. Peggy died on August 24, 2004, at the age of 82.

Peggy and Gretchen were very active as alumnae in the Chatham College community (now University) as well as the Pittsburgh political scene. In 2006, when Chatham completed major renovations to Woodland Hall for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program (MPAS), it was named the Donaldson Wing in their honor.

Peggy served in several key positions at Chatham, first as Director of Admissions for nearly 30 years and later as Director of Community Services and Director of the Annual Fund. Gretchen earned a law degree from Duquesne University Law School and went on to work for McCann Garland Ridall & Burke; she also served as Assistant City Solicitor and City Magistrate for the City of Pittsburgh.

The fund was established with the specified goal of eliminating the barriers of racism.

Type of Fund

  • Field of Interest