Trustee Emeritus Richard H. Dick Hinman passed away on Feb. 2 at his home in New London, N.H., with his family by his side.
Dick served on the Colby-Sawyer College Board of Trustees from 1971-1976. He was a member of the Bylaws Committee and the Development Committee during those years of transition as Colby Junior College for Women grew into Colby-Sawyer College in 1975.
Dick was a board member during a critical period during the college's history and played a significant role in assuring that the institution would make the changes necessary to survive during an uncertain time in higher education, said President Thomas C. Galligan Jr. His work's value is clear, and today we continue the conversations he was once part of to make the best decisions for the college's future. His legacy lives on in our students, and in his family, which includes four alumnae: his wife Barbara '49, daughters (Mel) Pfeifle '70 and (Tia) Pullen '73, and niece Sarah Hinman '75.
Dick was born on May 14, 1923, to John H. and Jennie (Drew) Hinman. He attended the Colonial School in Pelham, N.Y.; Westmount High School in Montreal, Quebec; and Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, N.H.
He served his country during World War II as a member of the U.S. Air Corps. After completing Cadet Pilot Training, he became 2nd Lieutenant, pilot and an instructor on B-25s and crew training on B-24s and B-29s.
After his service Dick returned to Hanover, N.H., and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1945 and the Thayer School of Engineering in 1946. In Hanover he met Barbara (Dent) Hinman. They were married on June 21, 1948.
Dick had a distinguished career in the paper industry beginning in 1947 at International Paper Company. In 1957 he became manager of bleached board sales in their New York office and in 1960 he became manager of sales in their Chicago office. In 1976 he joined Boise Cascade's New York office and worked there until his retirement in 1993.
Dick, also known as Bull, was a true outdoorsman. His passion and expertise for hunting, skiing and fly-fishing were handed down to him from his parents, and he in turn shared these gifts with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Nothing made Dick happier than a sun-filled run down Sugarloaf Mountain, casting on a salmon river with his wife, or a dog on point in the woods of Maine.
Dick was predeceased by his parents and his brothers, Howard D., Edward B., and Crawford H. Hinman. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; a sister-in-law, Doris F. Hinman; and five children John and Mary Ellen (Mel) Pfeifle of Bradford, N.H.; Paul and Patricia (Tia) Pullen of North Hampton, N.H.; Thomas Hinman and Susan Britt of North Yarmouth, Maine; Drew and Laura Hinman of Holderness, N.H.; and Rand and Julie Hinman of Bradford, N.H. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services will take place on Saturday, May 31, at 11 a.m. at Saint Andrews Episcopal Church on Gould Road in New London, N.H. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Cardigan Mountain School, 62 Alumni Drive, Canaan, NH 03741.
Office of College Communications, Colby-Sawyer College