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In Memoriam

Lucky Hinkle, Feb. 7, after a battle with cancer. Lucky began working at SCU in 1981 and served the University for over a quarter century. He was instrumental in developing the recycling program on campus and was honored by the University with a special award for his efforts. For Lucky, sustainability wasn’t simply something he was engaged with in work; it was an ideal that mattered to him deeply. He commuted to campus by a Ford Escort that had been converted to electric power.

Born in Tucson, Ariz., in 1951, Lucky moved to San Jose as a teenager. He wed his high school sweetheart, Kathleen Veatch, and they raised two children together: a son, Frank, who now works for SCU Campus Safety; and a daughter, Sandy, who lives in San Jose. Lucky enjoyed camping with his family, especially at Mt. Madonna Park for its peacefulness. He and Lucy also enjoyed attending the local Renaissance Faire in costume.

He is survived by his wife and children; and by two brothers, Randy and Raymond. Friends and colleagues miss his warm and friendly greetings, and this spring RecycleMania at SCU dedicated its efforts to Lucky as gratitude for how much he had done to protect the environment and promote sustainability.


Lucky Hinkle
Photo: Charles Barry
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