Professor Donald MacKenzie MacKinnon FRSE

Donald MacKenzie MacKinnon, a Fellow of the Society since 1984, died in Aberdeen on 2 March 1994. He was born on 27 August 1913 in Oban, where his father, originally from Tobermory, was Procurator Fiscal. He was educated at Cargilfield School in Edinburgh and, as a scholar, at Winchester College. From Winchester he went in 1932 as a scholar to New College, Oxford, graduating with a First in Litterae Humaniores in 1935. He remained for a further year to study Theology; and in 1936 he won the John Locke Prize in Mental Philosophy. His teachers at Oxford included H H Price, R H S Crossman, Isaiah Berlin, H W B Joseph, A H Smith, R G Collingwood and Gilbert Ryle, and in Theology, R H Lightfoot, A M Farrer, C H Dodd and F L Cross.

His first academic post, very appropriately, was as Assistant to A E Taylor, the Professor of Moral Philosophy in Edinburgh University. While there he met his future wife, Lois; they were married in 1939. After a year he returned to Oxford, as Fellow and tutor at Keble College, where he remained until 1947. During the war years he administered and taught special courses for Air Force and Naval officer cadets. From 1945 to 1947 he was a Lecturer in Philosophy at Balliol College, and also held the post of Wilde Lecturer in Natural and Comparative Religion.

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Elected

1984

Discipline

XX Unspecified at this time

Fellowship type

Fellow