Bernard W. Donovan, 83, state lawmaker

November 22, 2003

Bernard W. "Mike" Donovan, a retired Air Force officer and Prince George's County Democrat who served for two decades in the state legislature, died Tuesday at a hospital in Myrtle Beach, S.C., of complications from a fall. He was 83.

Mr. Donovan, who divided his time between Annapolis and Myrtle Beach, was born and raised in Baltimore, and attended parochial and city public schools.

He enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1943 and flew B-25 bombers in Europe during World War II. He remained in the service after the war and was a major in charge of maintenance at Andrews Air Force Base when he retired in 1964.

Mr. Donovan later owned and operated Mike Donovan Realty in District Heights.

In 1966, he was elected to his first of three terms in the House of Delegates, then won two terms in the state Senate. He did not seek re-election in 1986.

Mr. Donovan was a member of the American Legion, Elks, Hibernians, Knights of Columbus and Democratic Club of Eastport.

He was also a communicant of St. Mary Roman Catholic Church in Annapolis.

He was married for 62 years to the former Anna Green, who died this year.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church, 620 Bestgate Road in Annapolis.

Mr. Donovan is survived by a son, John M. Donovan of Queenstown; a daughter, Nancy L. Carr of Laurel; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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