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Ben Clay Donnell


Ben Donnell

Date of Birth: July 17, 1936, in Old Hickory, Tennessee

Date of Death: July 31, 2012, in Hendersonville, Tennessee (76 years old)


The Tennessean - Published 08/02/12

Ben's love of football, and in particular of Vanderbilt, provided the background for

much of his time and passion.  He continued with football after Vanderbilt, playing for

the Los Angeles Chargers (AFL), and then later moved on to own and operate the

Donnell Construction Company for over 30 years.  He and his family would attend every

home game and travel to most of the away games.  Tailgate parties were a source of fun for

family and friends, and a chance to maintain the long-standing relationships he formed

with his collegiate friends.  Despite being considered "Tennessee turncoats", Ben's passion

for Vanderbilt provided a source of entertainment and discussion.  Many, many memories

of both family and friends revolve around Vandy. (from obit)



1960 Los Angeles Chargers (AFL)


Vanderbilt University












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