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July 27, 2009
July 19, 2009
Admiral Kinney retired from his position as the President of the State University of New York Maritime College the year after I enrolled as a cadet in 1981. My father, who was also a SUNY college president, was asked by Sheldon to visit Maritime to meet him and his wife Lea.

I remember the drive down from upstate New York to the Bronx, as I was suffering from a terrible sunburn after being becalmed the day before in our family's small sloop on Skaneateles Lake. Nevertheless, I was excited to meet an Admiral and visit the campus before IDO week!

When we met the Admiral, I was immediately struck by his command presence. I have met very few men who have this quality, and fewer still who carry it with a steady demeanor and true kindness.

As we enjoyed lunch and became acquainted, Sheldon mentioned that he had spent time on Deer Island off the coast of Maine. I had just returned from a month at sea at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in Maine, and he immediately retrieved a navigational chart of the Maine coastline.

We spent time going over the islands I had visited and coves in which I had anchored, talking about the cold, clear waters and the fog, and about sailing around the Coast of Maine in an open pulling boat for a month. We connected on many levels, and to this day I regret not having the opportunity to spend more time in his company.

It was very unfortunate when we lost him as our college President; and even more so now to lose him as a wonderful leader, mentor and friend. I grieve at the loss of Admiral Kinney, and will remember him in my heart always.

To Serve, To Strive and Not to Yield.

God bless and hold you Admiral Kinney.
July 19, 2009
Admiral Kinney retired from his position as the President of the State University of New York Maritime College the year after I enrolled as a cadet in 1981. My father, who was also a SUNY college president, was asked by Sheldon to visit Maritime to meet him and his wife Lea.

I remember the drive down from upstate New York to the Bronx, as I was suffering from a terrible sunburn after being becalmed the day before in our family's small sloop on Skaneateles Lake. Nevertheless, I was excited to meet an Admiral and visit the campus before IDO week!

When we met the Admiral, I was immediately struck by his command presence. I have met very few men who have this quality, and fewer still who carry it with a steady demeanor and true kindness.

As we enjoyed lunch and became acquainted, Sheldon mentioned that he had spent time on Deer Island off the coast of Maine. I had just returned from a month at sea at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in Maine, and he immediately retrieved a navigational chart of the Maine coastline.

We spent time going over the islands I had visited and coves in which I had anchored, talking about the cold, clear waters and the fog, and about sailing around the Coast of Maine in an open pulling boat for a month. We connected on many levels, and to this day I regret not having the opportunity to spend more time in his company.

It was very unfortunate when we lost him as our college President; and even more so now to lose him as a wonderful leader, mentor and friend. I grieve at the loss of Admiral Kinney, and will remember him in my heart always.

To Serve, To Strive and Not to Yield.

God bless and hold you Admiral Kinney.
February 21, 2009
ALL I CAN SAY,HE WAS A GREAT PERSON AND I KNEW I WAS IN SAFE HANDS UNDER HIS COMMAND.