Donald I. Buzinkai

Donald Imrich Buzinkai, Ph.D., beloved husband, devoted father and grandfather, mentor and friend, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at his home in Wilkes-Barre.

Affectionately known to friends and colleagues as Buzz, he was born Sept. 10, 1939, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Dr. Buzinkai was professor emeritus of political science, retiring from King's College in 2000 following a career that began in 1964. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from St. Francis College, Brooklyn, in 1960, his Master of Arts degree in 1961 and Ph.D. in 1964, both in political science, from New York University. He was the founding chairman of the Department of Political Science at King's College, where he served as the pre-law advisor and mentor to his students. He was an active member and held elected positions in political science societies, including the Pennsylvania Political Science Association and Northeastern Political Science Association. He authored numerous publications and was an active discussant at professional conferences.

Buzz was an avid tennis player and enjoyed following New York baseball and football teams.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, the former Veronica (Ronnie) Feger, with whom he celebrated 50 years of marriage on Aug. 25; and children, John and his wife, Serena, and son, Brennan, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Elizabeth and her husband, Steve Coffey, and daughters, Amanda and Melanie, Stonington, Conn.; Christopher and his wife, Patricia, and sons, Zackary, William and Quinn, Kingston; Donald and his wife, Lora, and children, Zoe and Noah, Madison, N.J.

The Buzinkai family is grateful to Dr. David Greenwald and his staff for their care and support of Buzz during his illness.

A celebration of Donald's life will be held Monday, with a Funeral Mass at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Christ the King on the campus of King's College. Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at McLaughlin's − The Family Funeral Service, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre.

A memorial scholarship has been established in honor of Dr. Buzinkai. Donations may be made to King's College, Office of Institutional Advancement, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711.

Permanent messages and memories may be shared with Buzz's family at

Published in Citizens' Voice from Oct. 12 to Oct. 13, 2012