The Family of Rosa Anna Abbott and John Joseph LaValle

Harold Edward LaValle Donley

Harold Donley
Harold Edward LaValle Donley at age 55, 1984. Janice Garlock Donley Collection.

I (Janice Garlock) married Harold Edward Donley in 1952 in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. We moved several times and ended up 26 years ago in a big, old, eleven-room, three-story house in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. We really enjoyed fixing it up, living in it and making it our home. Thirteen years ago, in 1985, Harold died suddenly of a heart attack at age 56.

SolarCool installation at the National Gallery of Art
SolarCool at the National Gallery of Art, 2003. Harold invented SolarCool, a reflective coating for architectural glass. Click on the image to see another view of this installation. Janice Garlock Donley Collection.

As a chemist he was a Senior Research Associate at PPG Industries Glass Research Center in Pittsburgh. Harold discovered and developed the process for one of PPG's solar control architectural glasses. You can see it in many places around the world. Harold has 12 United States patents in his name as well as 27 patents in foreign countries. Harshaw Chemical Company, the major supplier of the chemicals that PPG Industries used to produce SolarCool, gave Harold some custom-made t-shirts in appreciation. Janice and Sue's dog, Rosie, modeled two of the t-shirts. Harold was a member of the American Institute of Chemists and the National Rifle Association. He was a hunter, lover of nature, wildlife, animals and history, but more than all that he was a really good guy, a good husband and a good father. I was blessed to have had him as my husband.

See all photographs of Harold from the Photo Archive.