Donald I. Buzinkai

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Oct. 10, 2012

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 in Brooklyn in 1960, his master of arts in 1961 and doctorate degree in 1964, both in political science, from New York University. He was the founding chair 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 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; children, John, his wife, Serena, and their son, Brennan, of Chattanooga Tenn.; Elizabeth, her husband, Steve Coffey, and their daughters, Amanda and Melanie, of Stonington Conn.; Christopher, his wife, Patricia, and their sons, Zackary, William and Quinn, of Kingston; Donald, his wife, Lora, and their children, Zoe and Noah, of 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.

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 Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at McLaughlin's - The Family Funeral Service, 142 S. Washington St. in 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 can be shared with Buzz's family at

Published in Times Leader on Oct. 13, 2012
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