|Birth: ||Sep. 12, 1949|
|Death: ||Jan. 6, 2009|
John McKenna, 59, Gettysburg, died Tuesday January 6, 2009 at the Gettysburg Hospital.
He was born September 12, 1949 in Philadelphia, the son of the late James and Jean Nicoletti McKenna. Mr. McKenna was survived by his wife Jennifer Weaver.
Mr. McKenna was a 1968 graduate of North Catholic High School in Philadelphia and later served in the U. S. Army from 1971 to 1973. McKenna held a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management from Temple University, had a Master's of Business Administration from LaSalle University (for pursuing which he was granted a full fellowship by the U.S. Department of Defense) and was a certified mediator for workplace disputes.
McKenna was the Deputy Superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site. At Gettysburg since 1995, McKenna has been responsible for planning a major new partnership with the community to develop a first-ever public transportation system to serve park visitors and community needs. His leadership at Gettysburg has guided the implementation of partnerships to build a new museum and visitor center and to rehabilitate the Gettysburg battlefield so that visitors can see it as the soldiers did in 1863.
Previously he served as superintendent of two national parks in Maryland: Fort McHenry National Monument and Historical Shrine in Baltimore and Hampton National Historical Site in Towson.
He joined the NPS in 1992 as Associate Regional Director for Administration for the former NPS Mid-Atlantic Regional Office. He has held temporary assignments as deputy superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park (2001), and for four parks located in western Pennsylvania: Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Johnstown Flood National Memorial, Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, and Friendship Hill National Historic Site (1997).
Prior to working for the NPS McKenna was deputy comptroller, Naval Facility Engineering Command in Philadelphia.
McKenna also served on the Board of Directors of the Gettysburg Chamber of Commerce from 1996 to present and as Treasurer from 2006 - 2008.
Mr. McKenna will be missed by all who knew him.
Created by: Dina Spoons
Record added: Jan 07, 2009
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Added: Apr. 11, 2009
A dear man gone much too soon ~ you will be forever missed by so many. May you rest in eternal Heavenly peace always.|
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