With profound sorrow, we announce the passing of Roderick "Bo" Donald McKenzie Jr. on March 21, 2018. He was born in Mobile, Alabama on April 22, 1956. He was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Elizabeth Bostrom.
Bo earned a degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Alabama, while working as a rocket scientist at Battelle Labs. After graduation, Bo worked at Texas Instruments where he engineered reverse holography imaging and anti-radiation guidance modules to protect the troops. Bo later worked at Schlumberger and Halliburton designing wireline and logging tools to aid in reservoir characterization. He earned his MBA at the University of Houston and graduated at the top of his class.
Bo left Engineering to pursue a career in Finance. Shortly thereafter, Bo became a multiple recipient of the Wall Street Journal's "Best on the Street" award and was nationally recognized for his oilfield services stock picking expertise. He was a senior executive who helped build the energy practices at multiple investment banks, including Simmons, South Coast Capital, Jefferies, Royal Bank of Canada, and Seaport Global. Bo took immense pride in his work and his genuine and personable nature earned him great respect from company executives, business colleagues, and friends alike.
Bo was passionate about all things music. Bo loved writing and recording music, listening to vinyl, playing in bands, and attending concerts.
He will be fondly remembered by his children, Sean and Hillary McKenzie, the mother of his children, Wai Cheng McKenzie, his sister Ellen McKenzie, cousins Travis McKenzie, John Brennan, and Georgeanne Young, extended family, and his loyal dogs, Barclay and Colonel Angus. He will be sorely missed by the many friends and colleagues he touched in his life, who will forever remember his wit, kindness, and generosity.
Please join us in a celebration of his life on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 211 Byrne St, Houston, TX 77009 at 1:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to VHI Save The Music, vh1savethemusic.org