June 15, 2016

Donald R. Brinkley, 79, died May 31, 2016.

Born in New Hampshire, raised in La Grange, Mo., Donald attended Culver Stockton College in Canton, Mo., and graduated from The University of Missouri School of Mines. Beginning his career as a chemical engineer at the Standard Oil Company, he helped build the chemical plant in Lima, Ohio and later became vice-president of the chemicals and transportation divisions. During his tenure he played a key role in the construction of the Trans-Alaskan pipeline. In 1986 Donald became President and CEO of Colonial Pipeline Company. He served on numerous national boards, including Junior Achievement, Association of Oil Pipelines, and Culver Stockton College and was involved in numerous civic activities.

He was the beloved husband of 50 years to Carolyn (nee Seitz); father of Laura Loftus (husband Joe), Christine Harmon (husband Gregory), Douglas R. (wife Claire) and David R. Brinkley (wife Mona); grandfather of Melissa, Adam and Timothy Loftus, Andrew and Bronwyn Harmon, Jonathan, Leo and Lila Brinkley and Imogen and Nava Brinkley; brother of J. Michael Brinkley.

Funeral Mass was held June 4, 2016 at Gesu Church in Ohio. Services provided by Schulte Mahon Murphy Funeral Home Lyndhurst, Ohio.

Interment” Lake View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate contributions in memory of Don to Culver Stockton College, 1 College Hill, Canton MO 63435 or The Alzheimer's Association, PO Box 96011 Washington DC 20090.