Irvin Ezekiel Jenkins

[ Age 73 ] Army veteran and medical school administrator

December 19, 2007

Maryland native Irvin Ezekiel Jenkins, a retired Army colonel and medical school administrator, died of complications associated with a gastrointestinal infection Dec. 11 at Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J. The Berkeley Heights, N.J., resident was 73.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1952 Frederick Douglass High School graduate. He received a bachelor's degree in chemistry at Morgan State University, and later earned a master's degree in hospital administration from Baylor University.

While at Morgan State, Mr. Jenkins served in ROTC; upon his graduation, he was commissioned in the Army Medical Service Corps. For the next 30 years, he held posts throughout the country and in Germany and Panama. He retired from the military in 1986.

Mr. Jenkins became chief operating officer at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark and was later an assistant superintendent in the Trenton, N.J., school district. Mr. Jenkins was working as a real estate agent at the time of his death.

He was a member of the Masons, the Kappa Alpha Psi and Phi Delta Kappa fraternities, and the Summit Area Old Guard.

A memorial service was held Saturday in New Providence, N.J.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, the former Jeanne Elizabeth Cross; four sons, Irvin E. Jenkins Jr. of Baltimore, Michael Jenkins of Woodbridge, Va., Gary Jenkins of Newcastle, Del., and Bryant Jenkins of Baltimore; two stepsons, John Downer and Michael Downer of Berkeley Heights; two daughters, Kimberly Moore and Kirsten Roach, both of Mitchellville; a stepdaughter, Cheryl Downer of Berkeley Heights; a sister, Karen Jones of Baltimore; and 16 grandchildren. His marriage to the former Dolores Welling ended in divorce.

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