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Dr. Donald McKenzie

AGE: 84 • Allenhurst

Dr. Donald McKenzie, age 84, of W. Allenhurst, New Jersey, passed away at his home on November 27, 2016.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, December 9, 2016, at Presbyterian Church on the Hill, 10 Cold Indian Springs Road, Ocean, NJ 07712. Visitation will be at 9:30 AM. Grave site services will follow immediately at Hazelwood Cemetery, 64 Lake Avenue, Colonia, NJ 07670. Arrangements are by Costello-Runyon Funeral Home (

The son of William McKenzie and Virginia R. McKenzie, Donald was born in Glenside, PA on October 23, 1932.

Devoted to academic excellence throughout his life, Donald served as a scholar, educator and benefactor to both students and academia alike.

He received his B.A. in Classical Civilization from Wesleyan University, followed by earning his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

As a professor, Dr. McKenzie taught at the University of Pennsylvania from 1955 to 1959, and at Alfred University from 1959 to 1967 before coming to Monmouth in 1967 where he became the director of the M.A.T and M.A.I.S. programs.

As a Professor of Emeritus at Monmouth University, Dr. McKenzie supported several initiatives that will benefit Monmouth University for years to come including the English Alumni Scholarship. In 2012, in honor of those efforts as professor, scholar and benefactor, Dr. McKenzie was recognized with the President's Vision Award.

Donald is preceded in death by his loving parents, and is survived by his lifetime partner of 56 years, Arie van Everdingen and several cousins.

Memorials may be given to the McKenzie/van Everdingen Scholarship Fund at Monmouth University.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 4, 2016
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