Q&A: Kevin Donohoe of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

The Bryn Mawr resident is a rock ’n’ roll junkie. Find out what else makes him tick.

Kevin Donohoe, 60, Bryn Mawr

Chairman of the Board of Trustees,
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

» Books on his nightstand: I’m just now finishing up the third book in the Stieg Larsson [Millennium] trilogy—I get a kick out of those. On the heavier side, I’m reading Examined Lives by James Miller.


» iPod artists on repeat: I’m a rock ’n’ roll junkie, and I just came back from Bonnaroo. I love Buffalo Springfield. As for newer music, I really like Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Mumford & Sons, the Decemberists and Widespread Panic.

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» Restaurants of the hour: I really like Sola, Blackfish, Verdad—and I’ve recently been popping into Matador. It reminds me of a version of Verdad.

» Personal hero: The one I most admire has to be Marcus Aurelius, one of the good emperors of Rome and a Stoic philosopher.

» One thing he knows for sure: Life is short, so take advantage of every moment.

» Very own vici: Raising three wonderful daughters.

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» Zen destination: We have a home in St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands that’s in the middle of a national park.

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» If he had an extra hour each day, he would: Cross things off my bucket list. I was supposed to climb Mount Kilimanjaro last year, but I severed a tendon.

» Life view: chance or fate? I don’t view life as being driven by fate or being arbitrary. Life is what you make it.

» Pet peeve: Being judgmental.

» Most marked characteristic: Balance.

» Quality he admires most in others: Compassion.

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» Mantra: Make every day the best it can be.

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