Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Pawleys Island — Ellen J. Donkle, former registrar, college counselor, and athletic director at Lowcountry Preparatory School, has passed away following a long struggle with illness.
“Ellen’s steadfast dedication to serving those around her — our students, their families, and fellow members of the faculty and staff — was both humbling and exemplary,” said Headmaster Scott Gibson III.
“Her lesson to our students in how to take care of one’s neighbor was as critical a part of the education we provide our students as were our core courses,” he continued.
Mrs. Donkle began her work at Lowcountry Preparatory School in 2003. She rapidly earned a reputation for making things happen.
Through her assertive efforts in college counseling, Lowcountry students gained admission to the most competitive colleges and universities, to include the United States Naval Academy, the University of Virginia, Notre Dame, and Wake Forest University, among others.
In addition to discharging her many responsibilities, she routinely looked for ways in which to aid her colleagues.
Middle School director Caroline Hoppe recalls, “When I began my work at Lowcountry, I didn’t need to ask for help. Ellen put herself in my shoes and lent assistance before I could ask.
“When you think about it, what she was living the Golden Rule. All of us would do well to follow her example.”
Lower School director Ginny Deeter spent five years with Mrs. Donkle at Lowcountry Preparatory School and they became close friends.
“She loved holidays, especially Halloween. She was the first one to dress up, wear a crazy hat or boa, and get us all to do the same,” Deeter said.
The school has plans to honor Mrs. Donkle with an award to be presented annually in honor of her fighting spirit and service to others.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church in Pawleys Island.
Internment will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Christ Churchyard, Greenville, S.C.
— From Lowcountry Preparatory School
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