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Corinne A. McDonnell, Port Authority Communications Manager
Sunday, May 14, 2006

A memorial Mass for Ms. Corrine A. McDonnell, 58, of Springfield will be at 10:15 a.m. Saturday in St. James Church, Springfield. Arrangements are by the Bradley, Smith and Smith Funeral Home, Springfield. Ms. McDonnell, who died April 25 at home, was a marketing communications manager for The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for 27 years before retiring four years ago.

Among her public relations responsibilities, she supervised press operations after the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center and provided press tours of Ground Zero during search and rescue efforts as well as during site clean up.

Before that, she was a freelance press consultant for Bristol-Myers Squibb, McCormick & Co. and Peter D. Paul Architects. She was also employed as the public relations director of Center Stage, a theater company in Baltimore, Md., was a communications design specialist for Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, Austin, Texas and an account representative for Bell and Stanton Public Relations, New York City.

Ms. McDonnell received a bachelor of arts degree in communications from Fordham University in 1969 and a masters degree in journalism from New York University in 1982.

She had feature articles in the SOHO Weekly News and The Jersey Journal. She was awarded a CLIO in 1988 for Best Radio Campaign All The Tiny People and You Can See Forever-World Trade Center Observation Deck. She was a chairperson with the Audit Committee and elected to the Board of Directors of the XCEL Federal Credit Union, New York City.

Born in New York City, she lived in Hoboken before moving to Springfield in 1993.

Surviving are her husband, Mark E. Gurnicz; a stepson, Matthew Gurnicz; a stepdaughter, Kathryn Gurnicz; her stepmother, Eha McDonnell, and a stepsister Rein Uibopuu.

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