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Donna Wolk

Class of 1991

Donna was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. Her citation is below:

The leadership and scholarship that Donna White Wolk displayed in the classroom, as a peer advisor and consistent Dean’s List student, carried over to the playing field, where she starred at defensive back on a nationally ranked field hockey team and earned All-America recognition as a defense wing and center in lacrosse.

In her four years at Washington College, the former two-sport star at Overlea High School in Baltimore earned Select Team and all-conference recognition in field hockey and lacrosse. She also was a captain, most valuable player, the Athletic Council Award, and recipient of the Elizabeth “Bo” Blanchard Award for enthusiasm, dedication, and outstanding sportsmanship.

To top off her senior year, when she captained the lacrosse team and the 14th-ranked field hockey team, Donna was named Maryland’s NCAA Woman of the Year—a first for Washington College. She contributed the cash award of $5,000 toward the establishment of Shriver Athletic Field, for women’s lacrosse and soccer.

Donna was the thinking woman’s sports success story, as her athletic accomplishments were matched by her performance in the classroom. She graduated magna cum laude and was the top-ranking student who received the Bachelor of Science. At graduation she also walked away with the Jane Huston Goodfellow Memorial Prize and the Joseph H. McLain Memorial Scholarship, both awarded for excellence in science, and the Eugene B. Casey Medal for outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, and campus citizenship.

She was president of the Society of Sciences and was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society—plus landed on USA Today’s All-USA Academic Team.

After spending the 1991-92 academic year at Manchester College in England, Donna enrolled in Johns Hopkins University, and over the next five years completed a Ph.D. program in molecular and cellular biology. In 1998, she earned a master’s degree in business administration from Cornell University. She continued to play club field hockey and lacrosse, even while studying in Manchester.

Donna has remained steadfast in her commitment to Washington College, serving on the board of directors of the Sho’men Club for more than 10 years, including two years as president. She also is a member of the Alumni Association’s Baltimore Chapter. Professionally, she has been a health care consultant and co-owner of Austin Pharmacy. Donna and her husband John live in Phoenix, Md., with their two children.

Washington College considers it an honor and a privilege to induct Donna White Wolk into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this sixth day of October, 2007.