PISCATAWAY, NJ - Former Rutgers athletics administrator William H. MacKenzie died on Sunday, May 8, at age 81.
Mr. MacKenzie served as sports information director at his alma mater following his graduation in 1949, until the mid-1950s. As an undergraduate, he served as editor-in-chief of the Rutgers Daily Targum, and graduated with a degree in journalism.
Although Mr. MacKenzie left Rutgers to enter the corporate communications field for Mutual of New York in the mid-1950s, he maintained his ties with the athletics program, and served as the public address announcer for Scarlet Knights football games at Rutgers Stadium during the 1960s and 1970s. He retired from Mutual of New York after 19 years.
A Navy veteran in World War II, Mr. MacKenzie was also honored a number of times by his alma mater. In 1960, he was named a Loyal Son of Rutgers, and in 1998, he was honored for his leadership with the Rutgers Alumni Association. He served as president of the Rutgers Alumni Federation, and was also a contributor to the Rutgers Magazine.
A wake for Mr. MacKenzie will be held Thursday, May 12, from 9:45 a.m. to 11 a.m., with a funeral service to follow, at the Gleason Funeral Home, 1360 Hamilton Street, Somerset. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rutgers Class of 1949 fund.