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Dara graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, later earning a MEd from Temple University. Last year, Dara joined Claremont Preparatory School in Manhattan as a lower-school science teacher.
Brendan, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, earned an S.M. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in nuclear engineering and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island. Before his current role as a structured credit trader at Citigroup, Brendan was a submarine officer in the Navy.
Dara is the granddaughter of Fred Kotranski of Philadelphia and the late Helen Kotranski; and Shirley Davis of Delray Beach, Fla., and the late Joseph Davis. Brendan is the grandson of the VADM (ret.) Robert Coogan and Mary Hayes Coogan of San Diego; and the late Henry and Dorothy Beer of Piedmont, Calif.
The couple, who lives in Manhattan, is planning an early 2010 wedding in Philadelphia.