Dr. Samuel W. Tinsley went to his heavenly home peacefully in his sleep on February 13, 2003. Born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, he was an alumnus of Western Kentucky State University where he received the degree of B.S. in chemistry in 1944. He served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946, then went on to earn his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Northwestern University in 1949. Dr. Tinsley joined Union Carbide in 1950 as a research chemist in South Charleston, West Virginia, and retired in 1985 as Director of Corporate Technology from the Danbury, Connecticut corporate headquarters. During his tenure with Union Carbide, he authored numerous technical papers and held or co-held forty U.S. patents.
Respected in his field, he served as president of the Industrial Research Institute, chairman of the Directors of Industrial Research, as well as a member of the American Chemical Society. He was selected to serve on the Space Applications Board of NASA, the Science and Technology Steering Committee of the National Association of Manufacturers, and was a past president of the Commercial Development Association which honored him with the Golden "C" Award for his efforts in bringing technology to the market.
An avid athlete, Dr. Tinsley played golf and tennis, winning the West Virginia State Doubles Championship in his early years; bringing opponents to their knees with his dreaded drop-shot in later years.
Dr. Tinsley pursued a love of music through many venues throughout his life: in recent years playing trumpet with the Sandhills Community College Jazz Band. He shared his passion for music with his wife, Jeane, whom he met in college while playing with a big band which featured her as the vocalist. They shared their love of music as members of the Hoosier Five (More or Less) swing band, and as choir members for the past seventeen years at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Dr. Tinsley served on the Vestry of St. Thomas, including two years as Senior Warden, but will be most missed for his warm smile and generous hugs.
Surviving are his wife, Jeane, and three children: Samuel W. Tinsley III and wife, Cheryl; Kathy Tinsley; and Kristy Jackson and husband, Jeff. Poppa Sam will also be missed by his grandchildren: Justin and Brian Jackson; Kristy Wynns and husband, Kevin; Leigh Adams and husband, Alex; and Jenny McLamb and husband, John, as well as great-grandson, Drew Adams.