Celebrating A Century with Larry Donoghue
If there is one man who has seen everything in the parking industry it would have to be Larry Donoghue, who will be celebrating his 100th birthday in February. Donoghue spent more than 70 of those years as a consultant. An engineer, Donoghue began his work in the industry in 1946 after serving in Naval Aviation during World War II. His first job was with the firm that was involved in the planning and design of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
Donoghue ultimately became its CEO and then launched his own firm where he advised municipalities and parking garage owners on a wide variety of issues and witnessed firsthand the growth of an industry that has moved from hand-stamped paper tickets to license-plate-reading technology.
Donoghue retired four years ago but still shares his wisdom at industry conferences and keeps up on the latest trends. Donoghue’s tips for longevity include (as you might guess) continuing to work, especially if it’s at something you love. “Keep working as long as you enjoy it,” Donoghue said. His life in retirement includes volunteering with “older folks.” He helps them transition into retirement. He also still exercises for an hour and a half every day — either walking or hitting the gym in his building — and lives with his wife of almost 70 years in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois.