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Virginia Putnam Kinkead
November 27, 1937 - April 5, 2012
Resident of Saratoga
Virginia Putnam Kinkead, 74, passed away on April 5th after a long illness. Virginia, known as Ginny, was born November 27th, 1937 in Staten Island, New York City, the daughter of Philip and Ruth White Putnam. While a young girl, she moved with her family to the Main Line outside of Philadelphia. She graduated from Lower Merion High School, attended Colby-Sawyer Junior College, and graduated from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY with a Bachelor's Degree in Art. She married Wilson Kinkead (Bear) in June, 1961 and together they raised three children, Peter, Steven, and Susan in Malvern, PA, which would be their home for the next 30 plus years. Ginny and Bear moved to Northern California in 1998, settling in Saratoga, their home for the last 14 years.
Ginny was a lover of life, animals, music, books, art, gardening, tennis, traveling, family and friends. She had a sharp wit, a curious spirit and a kind soul. She was a lifelong learner, and until recently, was taking piano lessons, performing in recitals and playing duets with her granddaughter. She loved seeing her family and friends, traveling back East frequently and hosting visitors often.
Outside of her family, Ginny's passion was horses. She was a lifelong equestrienne, competing in eventing competitions and teaching riding for many years. She volunteered countless hours to equestrian organizations, and served as joint district commissioner of the Radnor Hunt Pony Club in Malvern, PA and president of The Horse Park at Woodside, CA. She played a key role in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, helping to oversee an international equestrian competition.
When her children were older, she worked in administrative positions at Cabrini College in Radnor, PA and at Baker Industries in Malvern, PA.
In recent years, she was an avid member of the Newcomers of Saratoga, and a faithful trainer of her yellow Labrador, Dooney. Ginny leaves behind her loving husband of 50 years, Bear, children Peter of Saratoga, Steve (Barbara) of Dallas, and Susie (Jerry McMahon) of San Francisco, and her treasured grandchildren, Sarah Spencer, Alexander Kinkead, and Phoebe and Matthew McMahon. She is survived by her cousin, Joan Larned, of Kent CT, and predeceased by her brother Bruce Putnam.
A memorial service will be held for Virginia on Saturday, April 28 at 2 PM at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 13601 Saratoga Avenue, in Saratoga, CA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Virginia's name may be made to the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy (NCEFT) in Woodside, CA or .


Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Apr. 13, 2012
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