Clare Myers, Staff Writer
The University of Dallas community lost one of its own earlier this month when Helen Dhooghe, 53, was killed in a car accident.
Dhooghe, née Behan, was a Dallas native with longstanding ties to UD. Her mother, Dorothy Behan, worked in the Art Department for years, and several of Dorothy’s children attended the university. Helen graduated from UD with a degree in theology in 1982. Graduating that same year with an MBA was her future husband, Vincent Dhooghe. The two went on to graduate from St. Mary’s University School of Law. In 1986, they were married at the Church of the Incarnation on campus.
Helen and Vincent have 14 children, seven of whom are adopted. Helen’s daughter Catherine graduated from UD with a degree in drama and is married to fellow UD graduate Joe Morrell. Another daughter, Anne-Marie, worked in the Business Office for four years and continued to perform administrative functions until January, when she turned her attentions to preparations for her upcoming wedding to Jonathan Allison, who completed his education at UD last December. Anne-Marie is well-known in the UD community for her work on campus. In an email to faculty and staff, Meg Johnson, a controller at the Business Office, described Anne-Marie as “like a daughter to most of us.”
The visitation and funeral were held Feb. 5 and 6, respectively, at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church in Lewisville. In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made to the family. With this in mind, the UD community has organized a gift of its own.
Helen is survived by Vincent and their 14 children, 11 of whom still live at home, according to Johnson.
“In an effort to assist this special UD family, the members of the business office are going to make a monetary donation to the family to help defray the unexpected cost of a loss of this nature,” Johnson said in an email. She and Jane O’Brien, also of the business office, are coordinating the donation. Johnson offered faculty, staff and other members of the community the opportunity to personally contribute. They have sent one contribution already and are still collecting for another.
Dr. Richard Dougherty, associate professor of politics, asked faculty in an email to pray for the family as well.
“One would be hard-pressed to find any more generous, gentle, or admirable souls.” he wrote.
The University of Dallas has truly experienced a loss with the passing of Helen Dhooghe.