Harold L. Tinker, 99, a prep-school teacher who was a...


September 30, 1996

Harold L. Tinker, 99, a prep-school teacher who was a mentor to President John F. Kennedy, died Sept. 21.

He taught for 39 years at the Choate School in Wallingford, Conn., inspiring students with his motto, "Dispute the text." He ushered many well-known students from Choate into the world. One who made a habit of returning was Mr. Kennedy.

During his years in Congress, Mr. Kennedy would stop in Wallingford on his way to or from Boston or Washington to talk to his former teacher.

Mr. Tinker's book collection of 19th- and 20th-century literary works was said to be worth tens of thousands of dollars when he donated 3,000 volumes to his alma mater, Brown University.

Nicholas Colchester, 49, a prominent British financial journalist, died of heart failure Wednesday while on a business trip to New York. He was editorial director of the Economist Intelligence Unit, a sister company of the Economist magazine.

Pub Date: 9/30/96

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