Brethren in Christ celebrate the life of Dr. Donald R. Zook

Dr. Donald R. Zook

—Dr. Donald R. Zook, 77, of Messiah Village (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), went to be with his beloved Lord on January 19, 2012.

Born in Tunkahannock, Pa., on December 11, 1934, Don was the oldest son of Roy and Mary Alice (Pote) Zook. At age 11, he accepted the Lord at the Messiah Home in Harrisburg, Pa. It was there, as well as at the Messiah Academy (now Messiah College in Grantham, Pa.), that he heard missionaries share about their service and that the seed to be a witness in Africa was planted in his heart.

In 1955, Don graduated from Elizabethtown (Pa.) College and began his involvement with Brethren in Christ World Missions. As an alternative to military service, he travelled as a 1-W to Zambia and, in 1957, he was ordained there by Dr. Arthur Climenhaga. That same year, Don married Anna Ruth (Kline), and the couple returned to Macha, Zambia, where, over the next 13 years, Don served as a teacher, mission superintendent, financial secretary, and bookroom manager.

At the end of their last term in Africa, Don and Anna returned to the United States. They settled in Grantham, Pa., with their three children, and Don recommenced his academic pursuits, receiving a master’s degree in business administration from Penn State University, a doctorate in business education from Temple University (Philadelphia, Pa.), and his accreditation as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Don joined the faculty at Messiah College in 1970, working as a professor in the business department for 12 years. Throughout his career, Don also taught and served as area manager for the Person–Wolinsky CPA Review Course, which helped aspiring accountants to prepare for the CPA.

Don was executive director of Brethren in Christ World Missions from 1982 until 1989. He then became executive director of the Jacob Engle Foundation (now the BIC Foundation), a post he held until his retirement. In addition to these duties, he also accepted responsibilities related to the BIC pension fund and the Brotherhood Health Plan.

Don was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in the mid-1980s, but he was able to continue working and ministering until 2001, when he and Anna moved to Messiah Village.

Don is survived by his wife of 54 years, Anna Ruth; two sons, David and Lester; a daughter, Esther (Cohick); and six grandchildren. Also remaining are a brother, Edward Zook, and three sisters, Faye Smith, Elaine Glick, and Charlene Burns.

A memorial service will be held on February 2, at Messiah Village BIC (Mechanicsburg, Pa.). Visitation will begin at 12pm, with a service being held at 1:30pm. A burial service will immediately follow at Grantham (Pa.) Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions toward scholarships for overseas students preparing for full-time Christian service can be made to the Brethren in Christ Board for World Missions.