Obituary: Donald Chase Jenkins

Donald Chase Jenkins, a longtime resident of Bronxville, NY, passed away on December 16, 2019 after a short illness.

Donald grew up in Schenectady, NY, one of four sons of William and Pearl Hathaway Jenkins. He attended Albany Academy and graduated from Deerfield in 1955, where he captained the varsity basketball team. He then graduated from Amherst College, where he majored in history, and attended business school at the University of Hartford. Donald spent most of his career as a financial analyst for the investment banker and philanthropist William T. Golden, and later for the investment firm run by Mario Gabelli.

Along with his wife, Carla Donkin Jenkins, a graduate of Smith College whom he married in 1961, Donald raised three sons who attended Bronxville schools and Deerfield: McKay ’81, a professor of environmental studies at the University of Delaware; Brian ’86, a technology businessman in Chapel Hill, NC; and Denny ’88, a general surgeon in Virginia Beach, VA.

A lifelong tennis player, Donald was a prominent member and former president of the Bronxville Field Club. He was also an avid gardener and longtime member of the town’s Working Gardeners Club..

Donald is survived by two brothers; his three sons; seven nieces and nephews; and nine grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the Bronxville Field Club on Saturday, January 11 from 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, non-tax deductible donations may be mailed to Working Gardeners, Care of Katherine Elliott, treasurer,  17 Masterton Road, Bronxville, NY 10708.


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