The University of Prince Edward extends its condolences to the family and friends of Dr. David McKenna, member of the UPEI Board of Governors, alumnus, and well-respected Island optometrist, who passed away suddenly this week while travelling in New Zealand.
Dr. McKenna served as Chair of the Board of Governors Appeals Committee as well as on a number of other Board committees.
“On behalf of the entire University community, I send my heartfelt sympathies to Dr. McKenna’s wife, Ann, their children, Monica, Emily, and Bridget, and to their extended family and friends,” said UPEI President Alaa Abd-El-Aziz. “UPEI has lost a valued member of our University community. His dedication to, and his passion for, his family, the Island, UPEI, and his many volunteer activities were always evident.”
“On a personal note, over the past year, I have enjoyed working with David. He was a great role model and I’ll miss him very much,” added Abd-El-Aziz. “We are all so saddened to hear of his sudden passing.”
The University has lowered its flags to a half-mast position in honour of Dr. McKenna.