Richard Paisley Kinkade
1939 - 2020
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KINKADE, Richard Paisley

Born January 7, 1939, Los Angeles, CA, died peacefully at home with his family May 15, 2020. Preceded in death by parents, Joe and Betty Kinkade; survived by brother, Jack (Jane); sister, Susan (Mike) Underwood; wife, Kiki Gekas; children, Kathleen, Richard Jr. (Mary), Scott (Mindy), Mary Elizabeth and Jonathan (Adlíh); grandchildren, Lawrence, Caroline, Paisley and Philip; brother-in-law, Jim (Lynn) Gekas; sister-in-law, Genie (Dick) Patterson; godson, Kristofer O'Dowd and koumbari Peter, Paula, Alexis and Drew Fasseas. Richard moved to Tucson in 1946, attended Miles and Peter Howell Elementary, Mansfeld Middle, Green Fields Country Day and The Hill School in Pottstown, PA, where he was All-American Prep School swimmer in three events from 1955-56. He graduated from Yale (BA, 1960; PhD, 1965), and joined the University of Arizona Romance Languages Department in 1965 as Asst. Professor; promoted to Assoc. Professor in 1969 and left in 1971 to head the Romance Languages Department at Emory University (1971-77). In 1977, he became head of Romance and Classical Languages Department at University of Connecticut (1977-82) and Visiting Professor at Yale (1977). Recruited 1982 by Pres. Henry Koffler as first Dean of College of Humanities (1982-87), he returned to full-time teaching in Department of Spanish and Portuguese, retiring in 2018 after 42 years of service to University of Arizona. During this time, he especially enjoyed the company of his close colleagues Bob Fiore and Gianni Spera. In his 58 years in academia, Richard authored 13 books, more than 100 articles, reviews and papers, and directed dozens of Master theses and PhD dissertations. His academic affiliations included The Medieval Academy of America; Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences; Academy of American Research Historians on Medieval Spain; Medieval Association of the Pacific; and Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies. He received the Yale DeForest Prize in Spanish (1957); Spanish Government Fellowship for study in Madrid (1962-63); American Council of Learned Societies Grant (1974); NEH Research Fellowship (1978); John K. Walsh Award (2000) from the Modern Language Association Division on Medieval Spanish Language and Literature; "Order of Don Quixote" from Sigma Delta Pi National Spanish Honor Society (2000); Charles Julian Bishko Prize (2005) from Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies for Best Article on Medieval Iberian History published by a North American Scholar (2004). During his career, he served on numerous editorial boards and was a consultant for National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Education, and Division of Research Programs; Fulbright National Screening Committee and the Jacob Javits Fellowship Program. For many years, Richard enjoyed riding ATVs throughout Arizona with his son Jonathan, family and friends. He also loved boating and fishing on the Sea of Cortez in San Carlos, Mexico, where the family has a vacation home. He was an avid pilot since 1966, built his own plane with Jonathan, and enjoyed flying throughout the year with his buddies Mel Jordan, Peter Xu and Steve Wilson. He was a devoted, life-long member of Eckankar, the Path of Spiritual Freedom, which he shared with his friends Hugh Thompson and Roger Harwell; Rotary Club of Tucson (1983-2019); Graduate Club (1983-2019); Chi Psi Fraternity and the Hellenic Cultural Foundation. Celebration of life will likely occur in the months ahead. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Eckankar or the ALS Association. Arrangements by EVERGREEN MORTUARY.

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Published in Arizona Daily Star on May 17, 2020.
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August 3, 2020
My deepest sympathies to Kiki and the family. I have fond memories of Richard working the Greek Festival. A great man who was an inspiration! May he Rest In Peace.. Sending prayers to the family from Georgette George and the George sisters...
Georgette George-Quinn
June 10, 2020
When I came to the University of Arizona Romance Languages department in 1962, Dick Kinkade became a good friend as well as a colleague. He was a true Renaissance man, well versed in the humanities and well rounded in his life. My deepest condolences to his family and close friends. Descansa en paz, querido amigo.
Eliana Rivero, Professor Emerita, Spanish and Portuguese Departmen t
May 27, 2020
I am very saddened by the loss of our much loved and admired professor Richard Kinkade, a brilliant intellectual of great human value. I will always remember enjoying his classes and his great gift as an erudite and jovial conversationalist.
Maria Pereira Jimenez
May 24, 2020
Our deepest condolences to Kiki, Dicks five children, and the rest of his beloved family. We met him when he first starting chairing the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of Connecticut, and we remained close to him ever since then. We rejoiced in his professional triumphs, especially the publication of his two main books, Los Lucidarios and the History of the Infante Manuel. We loved meeting Kiki, a perfect helpmeet for him. We had the privilege of being with him for the last time this past winter, when we found him alert and
responsive. He was an essential part of our lives, so we will miss him, but he brought joy to three generations of Orringers.
With love to all Dick's family from Nelson and Stephanie Orringer.
Nelson and Stephanie Orringer
May 22, 2020
I am greatly saddened by the passing of someone so special for me like Richard Kinkade was, a brilliant scholar of high human quality. He was a splendid model of wisdom and kindness with his students, with members of the academy, and with his friends.
Manuel Rodriguez Ramos
May 20, 2020
I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt condolences to the family of Professor Kinkade. I was Dick's student in the late 1960s, when he first arrived at the U of A. His impact on my learning, my training, and consequently, my life, was far-reaching. I only had a few undergraduate classes with him. But following his advice, I ended up spending my junior year in Spain. When I returned to Tucson, I finished up my Bachelor of Arts, then--again, following Dick's advice--applied to graduate schools. He had already told me I would go to Yale for my PhD in Spanish literature, and...I did! Our paths crossed a few times after that, at conferences and on the U of A campus. He was never anything but 100% encouraging to me. If not for him, I certainly wouldn't have thought to apply to Yale. If not for him, I wouldn't have had the amazing career I have had. I owe him so much! I was crushed to hear the news of his passing. Sending love to his family.
Elizabeth Davis
May 19, 2020
Dick was a wonderful friend, superb scholar, and excellent colleague. I will miss him, just as I rejoice in the memories of our youth and the continuing vitality of his scholarship.
E Michael Gerli
May 19, 2020
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May 19, 2020
What a magnanimous, kind and wonderful man, a great in medieval studies and so many other areas. Thank you for the legacy you have left us.
Diane Beeson
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