Don Mooney – Ithaca College Icon Passes Away


Contributed by Rebecca Sexton

It is with heavy hearts that we share some sad news with the IC community. Don Mooney, an Ithaca College icon, beloved by thousands of students, passed away on May 1st, 2020, after a short illness.

In 2017, students, faculty, alumni, and all of our other IC friends nominated Don as one of their favorite Ithaca College icons, celebrating this achievement at IC’s 125th Anniversary celebration. Don was thrilled to receive this special award from the Ithaca College community. In Don's 12+ years of service as a Dining Services employee, he greeted thousands of students into Towers and Terrace Dining Halls. Don was undeniably a familiar face to all that entered the dining hall.


Scott McWilliams, Director of Dining Services, remembers Don’s great devotion to students and the college. “Ithaca College Dining Services is deeply saddened by the news of Don Mooney's passing.Don always knew how to make such a wonderful impact on whoever crossed his path. His passion was making sure that everyone around him was in a better place than he was. The Ithaca College community will miss him dearly. We send our deepest condolences to Don's family and friends.”  

At the request of the family, there will not be a formal memorial service. Rest in peace, Don. You will always be remembered with great affection by your IC family. Don's sister, Janet Robbins, summed it up nicely. "Don loved this College."