Edna Rose Dugan

Edna Rose Dugan

May 07, 1948 - January 08, 2024

Edna Rose Dugan

May 07, 1948 - January 08, 2024


Edna Rose Dugan (nee Haley), age 75,  of Palm Springs, CA, and San Clemente, CA, passed away on January 8, 2024 at a hospital in Mission Viejo, CA, surrounded by her husband and friends.

She was born May 7, 1948 in Staten Island, NY, the daughter of Francis Haley and Rose Donaldson.

Edna graduated in 1971 with at BA from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She received an MBA from Pace University in New York in 1979, and an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1989. She was registered as a CPA in New York.

She worked as an auditor at Arthur Young in New York, a director of finance at Sesame Street in New York, an auditor and later the Vice President of Finance at Household Finance Corporation in Chicago, an auditor and financial analyst at Bank One Texas in Dallas, TX, and the Assistant Vice President for Finance and Administration of the Student and Academic Services Division at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She was instrumental in the development of the West Campus House System at Cornell. She retired from Cornell in 2009.

Edna loved to read, to travel, and to play tennis, bridge, and any kind of word game. She also loved to walk, especially by the ocean in San Clemente.

Edna had the most gorgeous smile in the world.

She is survived by her husband, Gerry Dugan, whom she married on August 10, 1969. She was predeceased by her parents. Those left to cherish Edna’s memory include her husband, her many, many friends all over the country and the world, and members of her family on Staten Island, in Texas and in Florida.

Edna’s funeral will take place on January 31, 2024. There will be a 2-hour visitation period from 10 am to 12 noon at the O’Connor Mortuary,  25301 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. The burial service will start at 1 pm at Pacific View Memorial Park, 3500 Pacific View Drive, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625. Subsequent to the burial service, there will be a reception at the home of Gerry and Edna in San Clemente, CA 92672.

The 2-hour visitation will be a live webcast, which will also be available online for viewing afterward. The link for the webcast is https://view.oneroomstreaming.com/index.php?data=MTcwNTcyMDU3OTI5MTY2MSZvbmVyb29tLWFkbWluJmNvcHlfbGluaw==

In addition to the services in California, friends are invited to share memories of Edna on Sunday, February 18, 2:00 to 4:00pm at Hopshire Farm and Brewery, 1771 Dryden Road, Freeville, NY.

To view a Celebration of Edna’s Life video, please click on this link:   https://www.lifetomotion.com/edna-dugan



  • Date & Time: January 31, 2024 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
  • Venue: O'Connor Mortuary
  • Location: 25301 Alicia Parkway Laguna Hills, CA 92653 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 581-4300

Graveside Service

  • Date & Time: January 31, 2024 (1:00 PM)
  • Venue: Pacific View Memorial Park
  • Location: 3500 Pacific View Dr. Corona Del Mar, CA 92625 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 644-2700

Celebration Of Life

  • Date & Time: February 18, 2024 (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
  • Venue: Hopshire Farm & Brewery
  • Location: 1771 Dryden Road Freeville, NY 13068 - (Get Directions)

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2 responses to Edna Rose Dugan

  1. Sally and Carlos Hojvat says:

    Dear Gerry,
    Please accept our condolences at your very sad loss.
    We will miss her very much too.
    Wonderful memories flood back of the time we spent with you and Edna at Fermilab as well as visits to Ithaca and Cornell.
    She was always smiling, just like the photo you chose .
    We shared a love of playing tennis, walking, exercising and trying always to eat the right things. She was also a great mentor to me, Sally, about how to deal with corporate glass ceilings and we shared lots of work stories good and not so good as we walked.
    She was also a mentor to our daughter Nara who is also looking back at the times she spent with Edna as a teenager with love and friendship.
    Let us know whenever you are visiting DC.
    Hugs , Sally and Carlo Hojvat

  2. Morgan May says:

    Dear Gerry,
    I am so sorry for your great loss. Edna was a wonderful, vivacious, brilliant person Fun to be with, always said what she thought. I am sorry we were out of touch for so long. May her memory be a blessing.

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