Donald F. Megnin, the son of German immigrants, was born in Syracuse, New York, and grew up on a dairy farm while attending Fayetteville Grammar and High School during the early nineteen thirties and early nineteen forties. He received a scholarship from a Syracuse Industrialist to attend Syracuse University. He not only received an AB degree but also went on to receive his MA and PhD degrees from the Mawell School at Syracuse University. He also attended the Boston University School of Theology and served a Methodist Church in the Syracuse area for part of the time while he was a graduate student at Syracuse. He taught international politics at Slippery Rock University (one of the fourteen state-owned universities of Pennsylvania) until his retirement in 1994. He has written ten books since retiring and continues to take an interest in politics and religion.