Donald A. Molony, Retired Faculty, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, died on May 19, 2008. Professor Molony was a co-founder of the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
Donald A. Molony passed away on May 19, 2008, following a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and entered Rutgers University following his graduation from Linden (NJ) High School. He was a loyal son of Rutgers; after service in the US Army in World War II, he returned to graduate school at Rutgers and soon began a teaching career there that spanned five decades. Research took him to Europe in the early 1960s, and several years later, he helped to establish the department of biomedical engineering at Rutgers and worked with a team of researchers that included Rutgers engineers and physicians at Maimonides Hospital in New York to develop one of the earliest effective heart pumps. He taught both undergraduate and graduate students throughout his career, and especially loved the close ties he forged with students from around the world.
Following retirement from Rutgers, Don moved to Concord, MA, with his wife Dorrit. Together they visited every continent except Antarctica. Don was a vibrant, scholarly man who will be deeply missed. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorrit (Concord MA); his daughters Kathleen (Concord MA) and Barbara (San Jose CA); his sons Donald Jr. (Houston TX) and Ronald (Edina MN); and six grandchildren, Elizabeth and John Hollingsworth (Concord), Catherine Turley-Molony (San Jose), Anna and Robert Molony (Houston), and Julia Molony (Minneapolis). His grandson Henry predeceased him.