Hinkle LeRoy Bommer Hinkle, D. Ed, born March 28, 1929, in Milnesville, PA (near the city of Hazleton, Pennsylvania), died January 7, 2014, in Mount Carmel East Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Roy was the son of the late Thomas L. and Gladys Bommer Hinkle. Surviving are Elizabeth Schilling Hinkle, his wife of 34 years; a daughter, Nan Lee Potteiger of Reading, PA; a step-son, Rev. Daniel Schilling of Toledo; step-daughters Elaine Schilling Davis, of Columbus, Ohio, and Cynthia Schilling of Delaware, Ohio; five grandsons and three granddaughters. Dr. Hinkle earned three degrees from Penn State University: a Bachelor's of Music Education (1951), a Master's of Music Education (1957), and a Doctor of Education in Music Education (1987). He served in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve. In 1951 Roy taught music classes and directed choirs, bands and orchestras in McConnelsburg, PA. From 1952- 1963 he held a similar position in Freeland, PA teaching music classes, directing ensembles and serving as Supervisor of Music. In 1963 he joined the faculty of Albright College, Reading, PA, where for 37 years he directed instrumental and vocal ensembles and taught music courses. Upon completing his doctorate, he was promoted in rank, receiving full professor. He retired in 2000, receiving Professor Emeritus. In addition to teaching, Roy continued singing professionally as a tenor soloist at Temple Oheb Shalom, Reading, several different churches, and in community presentations of oratorio, opera, operetta, and art song. Roy studied singing in New York for seven years, and in 1972, he studied voice and German diction at AIMS in Graz, Austria. He sang many duet concerts with his wife, Elizabeth. From 1978 -1997 Roy served as Musical Director of the Reading Liederkranz Singers. During that time, Roy composed five choral compositions for that group. He had been enjoying composing for several years. Other compositions that he later wrote are varied in genre, style, and length. A celebration of Dr. Hinkle's life will take place in Reading, PA, in the spring of 2014 with burial in St John's Cemetery, near Hazelton, PA. It is projected that a concert of his compositions will be part of the celebration in Reading. Date and Place of the concert and memorial service will be announced later. Arrangements by DWAYNE R. SPENCE FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, Pickerington. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to Albright College Music Department or to a
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Jan. 15, 2014