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Obituaries » Douglas F. MacKenzie

Douglas Frederick MacKenzie, 72, of Purcellville, died August 25, 2021, at Inova Loudoun Hospital.

Born November 20, 1948, in Washington, D.C., to the late Donald Frederick MacKenzie and Millicent Welby West, he was raised in Middleburg.

Doug was a 1966 graduate of the Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal. He was educated at Georgetown University and the Sorbonne. A celebrated playwright, he was Pasatiempo magazine’s 1988 Santa Fe Signature Artist for Writing. His work includes: The Water Gators in Hell (1977), a dyspeptic epic poem, and two plays, The Splendid Wren, which opened at The Santa Fe Playhouse in 1996, and the acclaimed Baby Rugby, which had its 1988 debut at The Armory for the Arts Theatre in Santa Fe. The play received plaudits from theater critic Craig Smith in The New Mexican. Doug’s 2003 book, Mango Lassie, Memoir of the ’60s, is in more libraries than any other book published about Georgetown University. In the near future, his newest book, Stopover Bombay, will be published,.

Doug was a gun enthusiast and an avid traveler. He traveled across the United States fighting in martial art tournaments.

In addition to his parents, Doug was preceded in death by his brother, Bruce F. MacKenzie, and his sister, Gail Rodgers.

Doug is survived by his loving brother, Ross A. MacKenzie of Marshall, and several nieces and nephews. He was dedicated to his constant companion, Lulu, his Burmese cat.

A life celebration service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, September 12, at Royston Funeral Home, 106 E. Washington St., Middleburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Middleburg Humane Foundation, P.O. Box 684, Marshall, Va. 20116 (

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