Dr. Ralph A. Kinney

Dr. Ralph A. Kinney passed away peacefully, with family members present, at Carpenter House on July 21, 2013, at the age of 82. He was a loving and devoted husband to his wife, Gail, of 53 years, the proud father of daughters, Alison Ramroth and Robin Tinsley (Gerald), and son Scott Kinney (Tania), and Papa to four grandchildren, Connor Ramroth, Olivia Tinsley, and Mila and Vivian Kinney. He is also survived by his loving sister Dian Kinney Collier (Bruce). He was a resident of Baton Rouge where he attended St. John's United Methodist Church and joyfully served the Shepherd's Market Ministry. Dr. Kinney was born in Frostproof, Fl, in 1930, to parents Claude and Ione Kinney, who precede him in death. He graduated from high school in Lake Placid, Fl, and earned his first degree in Physical Education from the University of Florida where he pitched baseball. He also pitched in the Minor League for the Gainesville G-Men. Soon thereafter, he served in the Korean War in the Army's 235th Field Artillery Battalion, and earned the rank of Captain. Upon his return, Dr. Kinney went on to earn Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering, followed by a PhD in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Physics, from the University of Florida. He began his career at LSU in 1967. During his thirty year tenure, he taught and mentored countless students, served as President of the Faculty Senate, and was awarded the John E. and Beatrice L. Ritter Professorship from the College of Engineering. Dr. Kinney retired as Professor Emeritus in 1998. As a retiree, he developed a talent for digitally restoring old photographs for family and friends. Throughout his life, Ralph Kinney was an athlete, soldier, teacher, sailor, artist, softball coach, sports fan, and proud mentor to those around him; a beloved husband, father, brother, and friend. There is no visitation, but a memorial service will be held at St John's United Methodist Church, 9375 Highland Road, on Thursday, July 25th, at 11:00 am, with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Carpenter House or the .

Published in TheAdvocate.com from July 23 to July 24, 2013