Kevin Francis McKinley, 54

Financial planner enjoyed boating, hiking

March 29, 2007

Kevin Francis McKinley, a certified financial planner and former Towson resident, died of cancer Friday at a hospital in Oak Ridge, Tenn. He was 54.

Mr. McKinley was born in Baltimore and raised in Towson. He was a 1970 graduate of Towson High School and earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Alabama in 1974.

Mr. McKinley later earned a master's degree in business from Loyola College and law and master's degrees from the University of Baltimore.

He began his business career with BGE as an engineer and later joined the company's financial department.

He moved to Oak Ridge in 1990 and established Freedom Financial Group, a financial planning company, in 1999.

Mr. McKinley enjoyed boating on the Chesapeake Bay and in Tennessee. He also was a student of military history and liked hiking with his family in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Mr. McKinley was a communicant of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Oak Ridge, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday.

Surviving are his wife of 21 years, the former Donna B. Slaughter; three daughters, Marina J. McKinley, 11, Liana L. McKinley, 7, and Camilla L. McKinley, 5; his mother, Regina A. Coughlin McKinley of Parkville; three brothers, Dr. Mark P. McKinley of Towson, Michael J. McKinley of Annandale, Va., and Shane T. McKinley of Sterling, Va.; and a sister, Maureen A. Gutowski of Baltimore.

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