David Hinton spent 34 years at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and served as the dean of two colleges during that time.
Hinton was known as a good manager, a fine teacher and an innovative presence at UNO. Among the programs he championed and helped are the Goodrich Scholarship Program for low-income students; a minority faculty development program; UNO’s doctoral program in criminology and criminal justice; and the Edmonson Youth Outreach Program, which mentored children and provided wrestling instruction in northeast Omaha.
Hinton, 73, died Friday at the Nebraska Medical Center of a rare blood disorder.
Theresa Barron-McKeagney said he encouraged her through the minority faculty development program, in which minorities with master’s degrees were supported in pursuing doctorates.
“He always had time for me,” said Barron-McKeagney, who is now associate dean of UNO’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service. He mentored Barron-McKeagney, she said, in decision-making, fundraising and budgeting. She remembered him finding money for a graduate student who needed money to attend a conference.
“And he always found a way,” she said. “He found a way to say ‘yes.’ I always loved that about him.”
B.J. Reed, UNO’s senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, recalled Hinton walking students in need to the admissions office to help them get registered or to find financial aid.
“He resonated with kids,” Reed said. “He cared about them. They knew he cared about them.”
He retired as dean of UNO’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service in 2000. Then he was inserted as dean of the College of Information Science and Technology.
Reed said the chancellor at the time, Nancy Belck, needed a leader for that college and went to Hinton.
He retired in 2006 and pursued pastimes of swimming, woodworking and attending grandchildren’s ballgames and soccer matches.
“We have been to well over a thousand sports events,” his wife of 52 years, Linda, said Monday. “When he was 70 years old, he was out on the practice field taking grounders and shagging fly balls” with some of his seven grandchildren.
Besides his wife, he is survived by daughter Sherry Brand and son Brad Hinton, both of Omaha; sister Linda Hinton of Cathedral City, California; and brother Larry Hinton of Kankakee, Illinois.
The visitation was scheduled Monday evening at the Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak Cutler West Center Chapel, 7805 West Center Road. A memorial service is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 11810 Burke St.