Retired political science professor loses battle to cancer

Michelle Heiman

Dr.David N.Atkinson
Photo courtesy of UMKC

Dr. David N. Atkinson, former chair of the University News Board of Publishers and retired Curator’s Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science, passed away on Nov. 14 at the Kansas City Hospice House.

Atkinson, who started at UMKC as an assistant professor in 1967, had been fighting stomach cancer.

The family of the University of Iowa graduate requested no flowers be sent in memorial to him. Instead, they ask for gifts to the David N. Atkinson Scholarship.

The Scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate student majoring in Political Science. Preference is given to juniors and seniors, and full-time enrollment is required for two semesters prior to the award semester.

In an April 2011 article announcing his retirement, the U-News thanked Atkinson for his support and wished him a happy retirement. Now, we send our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

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