Lakeland College Trustee Emeritus Rev. Dr. Donald Hinze passed away on July 17, 2015, surrounded by his loved ones at his home in Waupaca after a brief battle of cancer. He was 85.
Hinze graduated from Lakeland College (Mission House) in 1952. He was named a Lakeland trustee in 1985, and served on the Academic & Student Affairs committee for years. He retired from the board in 2007 and was named a trustee emeritus. He received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Lakeland in 1982, and was Lakeland's baccalaureate speaker at commencement in 1988.
He had deep roots with the college. His grandfather, Daniel Schaefer, graduated from Mission House in 1882, and several of his uncles were also Mission House graduates.
Hinze held ordained ministry his entire career in the United Church of Christ. He served faithfully as pastor to congregations in Owosso, Mich., Des Plains, Ill. and Longmont, Colo. In 1974 he came back to Wisconsin with his family to become minister of the Northeast Association, Wisconsin Conference, United Church of Christ, an elective post he held for 21 years. In 1994, he became interim Conference Minister of the Connecticut Conference, UCC.
Hinze received his masters of divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, in 1955 and was ordained to Christian ministry at Immanuel UCC in Kaukauna, Wis. He also attended Garett Evangelical Seminary.
Over the years, he served on ecumenical boards, boards of community service agencies and the Peace Movement. Being somewhat an inventor, he was proud of his one U.S. patent (floatation device for watercraft). He loved writing and had a book published in 1990 about stewardship, "To Give and Give Again" (Pilgrim Press).
Donations in his memory may be made to The Reinhard Ulrich Chair at Lakeland or The American Cancer Society.