Dennis Hinkle, 60, statistician, dean of Towson U.'s education college

March 03, 2003|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Dennis E. Hinkle, the dean of Towson University's College of Education and a statistics scholar, died Wednesday while undergoing surgery for a heart ailment at Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly. The Cockeysville resident was 60.

Named the school's dean in 1993, Dr. Hinkle published and taught widely in the field of educational statistics.

"He was a diligent, tireless worker who reached out to people and was open and eager to share his personal interests," said Patricia Waters, an assistant professor of early childhood education at Towson. "He created a comfortable working relationship with his faculty members. He provided a model in what it means to be dedicated to work."

"He was the leading force in teacher education in this state," said Thomas D. Proffitt, associate dean in the College of Education, who lives in Perry Hall. "He was involved in leadership positions in numerous professional associations, in state and out of state. He had educational contacts throughout the country."

Colleagues recalled that Dr. Hinkle often referred to Towson University as the state's "oldest, largest and best" teacher education institution. He supervised a faculty and staff of 100 and an enrollment of 2,200 education majors.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, where he was raised, he earned a degree in education from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., two master's degrees and a doctorate in educational research and applied statistics from the University of Toledo in Ohio.

He was dean of the College of Education at Butler University in Indianapolis from 1990 to 1993 and taught at what is now Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va., in the 1970s and 1980s.

Dr. Hinkle was a volunteer mathematics teacher one day a week at Cromwell Valley Elementary School in Baltimore County.

The author of numerous academic papers, he cowrote Applied Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, originally published in 1979. The textbook, published by Houghton Mifflin, is in its fourth edition.

The Maryland Association of Higher Education named him its Outstanding Educator/Administrator in 2000.

A runner, he completed the Pikes Peak Marathon for 15 consecutive years, from 1983 to 1998. He also ran the Boston Marathon and was a NASCAR fan.

Services were held Saturday at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter in Lutherville, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 23 years, the former Mary Rollins; a son, Charles Austin Hinkle of Charlotte, N.C.; a daughter, Anya Eleanor Hinkle of Berkeley, Calif.; and a grandson.

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