LANGHORNE, Pa. - Nathaniel Anthony McKee passed away at St. Mary's Medical Center in Langhorne, on March 14, 2013. He was 51 years old.
Nate was born in Trenton, N.J., where he spent his early years. Nate graduated from George School in Newtown, in 1979, where he excelled both academically and athletically. At George School, he founded the Black Students Union and served as captain of the varsity basketball, track and football teams. Nate attended Rutgers University, Camden, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1983. At Rutgers, Nate served as a student representative on the Board of Governors, vice president of the Rutgers Student Government and president of the Black Student Union. Nate began a long career helping to change the lives of hundreds of children by working in education beginning at the Trenton Board of Education (1982-5); the Trenton Recreation Department (1984-1989); and Trenton Central High School (1985-6). In 1987, Nate returned to his alma mater, George School, where he spent 23 years. During his tenure, he served as Director of Student Activities, Associate Dean of Students and Dean of Students. In addition, he taught global history and African-American history and coached football, basketball and track. He also served on various committees and as an advisor to scores of students. He led a group of students and teachers on an African Work Camp to Gambia, Zambia and Kenya in 1990. He founded and coordinated the Dr. Martin Luther King Day at George School. He founded the UMOJA Group, and the George School Gospel Choir.
He was also active outside of George School, serving on the board of directors of Say Yes to Health, Inc. and the Bucks County Peace Center; member of the Friends Council on Education Leadership Institute; and supervising the Clean Sweep Inner City Games in Philadelphia. Nate has been recognized as a member of: Who's Who Among America's High School Students (1979); Who's Who Among America's College Students (1983); Who's Who Among America's Teachers (1992). Nate was inducted into the Babe Ruth Hall of Fame in Ewing, N.J. and the Philadelphia 76ers honored him as a Hometown Hero in 2003.
Grandson of the late Elizabeth Bell, Nate is survived by his wife, Renee L. McKee; children, Lauren A., Nathaniel A. and Dariyah I. McKee; mother, Geraldine-Morrison McKee; sisters, Linia "Faye" Hawkins, Sherry (Archie) Jones, Jacqueline (Fred) Eutsey; brothers, La-shuyn, and Terrance McKee; in-laws, Charles and Ruthel Hall; 13 nieces and nephews; 16 great-nieces and great-nephews; godchildren, Shareef and Rasheed Magby.
Funeral service will be at noon on Saturday (March 23) at the Lutheran Church of God's Love, 791 Newtown- Yardley Road, Newtown. Calling hours will be 10 a.m. until time of services at the church. Interment will follow at the Ewing Cemetery in Ewing, N.J. The service will conclude with a fellowship gathering at the Lower Bucks Masonic Hall in Yardley. Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home, Trenton.
Published in The Trentonian from Mar. 20 to Mar. 23, 2013.