Class of 1966
DONALD LOUIS McCABE (1944 - 2016)
The Class lost a valued member and the country lost a leading authority on academic ethics when Don died on September 17, his fiftieth wedding anniversary, after a six-year battle with progressive supranuclear palsy.
Don followed his father Thomas ’35 to Princeton after graduating from Bergen Catholic High in Oradell, NJ. He joined Cannon Club, majored in chemistry, and played interclub sports. Don returned for our 50th reunion in May.
After graduation Don earned an MBA in marketing from Seton Hall and worked for some 20 years in industry. In 1985 he received a PhD in management from New York University and joined the faculty of the Rutgers Graduate School of Management.
His academic career was spectacular. He was Professor of Management & Global Business at Rutgers and earned recognition as the nation’s leading authority on ethics in academia, lecturing, publishing, and consulting widely on the subject and founding the Center for Academic Integrity. When he retired in 2012, Rutgers and the Institute for Ethical Leadership honored him with an academic integrity award in his name.
The Class extends its heartfelt condolences to Don’s wife Dorothy; children Melissa, Thomas, and Elizabeth; six grandchildren; brother Rick; and sisters Colleen and Erin.
Classmates at the Viewing and Funeral
Attending Don’s September 26 funeral:
Attending the September 25 viewing:
Don’s son Tom ’91 delivered a wonderful eulogy which he concluded by having the ‘66ers there help him lead everyone in a locomotive for Don.
The night before Don died, he apparently knew the end was near as he was only a few hours from his goal of celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary, so he made sure he wore his Cannon Tee. He had it on when he and DJ commemorated their anniversary and said goodbye.
Tributes from Classmates
Kit Mill (After visiting Don on September 14): I visited Don and DJ at their wonderful home in Denville yesterday. His daughter Beth was there. No hospice person was on that morning. I stayed for just under an hour. DJ and Beth were gracious and, I think, glad I was there. It was a positive distraction Don is confined/strapped in a wheel chair. He is unable to talk. He stares unblinking, straight ahead. He has a hard time swallowing. I'm guessing his weight is around 130 pounds, very gaunt. I believe he recognized me and understood why I was there. I said I was there in behalf of the Class of 1966. I had an engaging conversation with DJ and Beth. They are positive and resigned. I got up, kissed Don on the forehead, he stuck out his hand, I shook it, and left.
Our dear friend Don McCabe died this morning on his 50th wedding anniversary. His wish was to celebrate that day. He wasn’t able to celebrate as he died this morning, but he knew he had made it, and he did send DJ flowers. I think many of you will agree that there wasn’t a finer person or a nicer guy in our class. Also see the condolences page.
We were so fortunate to have Don as a classmate and friend. Thank the Lord for our 50th; at least I got to visit with him for a while. Also see the condolences page
John Edie: How sad ... Don and I were Freshman roommates and he has been a dear friend ever since.
Don was a friend with whom I always loved to catch up- not to reminisce but to talk about his ongoing passion for ensuring ethics in an increasingly unethical world. How fitting that he closed out his life with his 50th wedding anniversary (building up to it with our 50th with him as a class). I'm sorry I'm now out of the country and unable to celebrate his life in person. Sympathy and best wishes to the McCabe family. Also see the condolences page.
Turk Thacher: Very sad news - what a great guy. In addition to being a wonderful person, he made a major impact on many organizations with his work. Here is just one example of Don's work. Joe Cox, the Headmaster when Don consulted with Haverford still talks about Don. Tiny Morgan adds, "Turk makes an important point. Don's contribution to ethics and morality went far beyomd the borders of our Class."
Rick Jones: I only had occasional contact with Don since moving to the West Coast, but his work on ethics and cheating was certainly groundbreaking He represents a wonderful example of someone who was able to change directions in mid-career and make a significant impact. My thoughts go out to DJ and all his family.
Up through the Spring of 2013, as part of the required Week 1 work for my clinical research students at Rutgers I assigned a link to a podcast of Don being interviewed on NPR about his research on student plagiarism. Unfortunately, the link doesn't seem to work now. Perhaps someone more computer literate than I can find it in the NPR files). In it's place I give you the link to some of Don's writings and interviews on the topic as they appear on the website of the International Center for Academic Integrity, which he founded.