Prayer Request and Condolences

Dear Friends, Our dear Sangha sister, Eva Doran's mother died recently after a very long illness.

She had a very rich and interesting life (I have included the obituary from the Narragansett Times). It is clear that Eva is a beautiful continuation. Please send metta to her and her family holding them in your prayers and in your hearts. If you would like to send love in the form of a card, Eva is at 41 Gibson Ct. Narragansett, RI 02882... and her email is,

with much love and the deep peace of three conscious breaths for you, Joanne

Eve Doran Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013 9:00 am in the Narragansett Times Dr. Evangeline M.C. (Leone) Doran “Eva” passed away peacefully on September 19, 2013 at St. Clare Home, Newport, surrounded by the loving embrace of her family.

Eva was born on April 7, 1925 in Manhattan, N.Y., and moved with her family to Palermo, Italy, as a child. She was the daughter of the renowned pediatric surgeon Dr. Pietro Leone and philanthropist Josephine (Cataldi) Leone. While a medical student at the University of Palermo, Eva met a dashing American Naval officer, James A. C. Doran Jr., the captain of a submarine chaser and later decorated WWII veteran. They were married in October 1945 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, and settled in James’ home state of Rhode Island, where they raised their family. They were residents of Narragansett for more than 50 years.

A brilliant scholar, writer, educator and creative spirit, Eva received her M.A. degree from the University of Rhode Island and her Ph.D. from Brown University with a specialization in French literature. She was a published expert on the French philosophers Paul Claudel and Alexis de Tocqueville, and was elected to the scholarly Society of Phi Beta Kappa. She taught French language in the South Kingstown school system and later taught French literature at both Rhode Island College and Dartmouth College. She was fluent in four languages, including Italian, French, English and Spanish, and read fluently in Latin and classical Greek. She was a valued member of the Dante Society and the Rhode Island League of Women Voters. In 1982, she was honored, together with Mayor Salvatore Mancini of North Providence, with the Service Award of the Italian American Historical Society, being noted for her original research and popular lectures on the Italian Garden. She was a communicant of Christ the King and St. Thomas More churches, and supported many charities devoted to the welfare of children.

Eva was the beloved mother of Anne Doran Frank and Eva Doran Decker of Narragansett, R.I.; Carola Tabela of Hull, Mass.; James A. Doran III of West Roxbury, Mass.; and Valerie C. Doran and Pietro A. Doran of Hong Kong; and the loving Nana to twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She also is survived by two sisters, Gabriella Cirrone and Mariella Leone of Palermo, Italy. She was the devoted sister of the late Dr. Muriel Camarra of North Kingstown, R.I., and Pietro Leone and Giorgio Leone of Palermo. The Doran family are deeply grateful to the staff at St. Clare Home for their compassionate care for their mother during her long illness.

Eva brought grace, beauty and loving kindness into the lives of her family and of the many friends and neighbors who knew and valued her. She will be terribly missed, but all take comfort in knowing that her special grace will illuminate her place in Heaven, alongside her loving husband, James. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated September 25th, 2013 at Christ the King Church, 180 Old North Road, Kingston, R.I. Burial was in Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to McAuley Ministries, 622 Elmwood Ave., Providence, RI 02907. For guest book and condolences,